Call for participants: "From Fibre ro Decorated textiles in the Early North Atlantic: Making, Methods and Meanings", Simon Fraser University, Canada

Call for Participants for the sessions


From Fiber to Decorated Textiles in the Early North Atlantic: Making, Methods, and Meanings,”


part of IONA: Early Medieval Studies on the Islands of the North Atlantic
transformative networks, skills, theories, and methods for the future of the field
at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada. April 11-13, 2019


CFP: Textiles are a ubiquitous part of life, essentially so in eras when they had to be produced by hand. In early medieval Europe the making and use of textiles also had symbolic, metaphorical, and even allegorical meanings, in additional to the functional. We wish to spend time exploring the connections between the act of making and understanding how something is being made as well as connections among disciplines, approaches, and interpretations.

We are envisioning a series of linked sessions in which participants first learn generally about the textile-making process in the Early North Atlantic, before choosing one skill to learn more deeply, which they will then proceed to practice for the remainder of the sessions. During this final part, scholars will also present their research findings and interpretations, most likely in a modified roundtable format, culminating in a final large discussion that brings together the insights of making through practice and how this might influence interpretation.

We invite proposals of two kinds. First we seek those versed in the making of early medieval textiles and the teaching of those skills. We are specifically interested in scholars accomplished in one of the following: nalbinding, lucet braiding, tablet weaving, inkle weaving, sprang, upright loom weaving, and other fabric and fiber arts. The organizers will be instructing in the use of the hand spindle and loop stitch embroidery. We also welcome other textile skills that were employed in the early North Atlantic world. The session organizers hope to be able to provide basic materials such as yarn, needles, fabric, and thread, and may be able to help provide larger specialty equipment.

The second kind of proposal we invite is from interpreters of early medieval textiles in the North Atlantic and the methods of making them. We hope to gather an interdisciplinary group of researchers, teachers, curators, and artists working in this area to spark a dialogue about how one can practically and metaphorically come to understand any of the following:

● textile and textile tool remains

● literary and artistic depictions of textile-making processes

● how gender, region, religion, or economics were part of meaning making in textiles and the how the making process was experienced by medieval people or how these categories of analysis impact our contemporary understanding

● the role of trade and/or migration in disseminating or adapting textile making processes, decoration, and raw and finished materials

● how access to resources impacted the making of textiles

● methods of decorating textiles (embroidery, braid, trim, and so forth)

If one is both a maker and an interpreter, one may submit a joint proposal.

Questions may be addressed to Karen Agee (, Erika Lindgren (, or Alexandra Makin ( Please submit a 250 words proposal/abstract to Karen Agee ( by July 15, 2018. Please use Textiles IONA in the subject line.

The full website with all the CFPs and conference information can be found here:



The Archaeology of York fascicules

For those members who may not know about York Archaeological Trust's fascicule series volumes or have well thumbed copies those still in print can be found to  buy at

A number of out of print fascicules are available as free downloads at These include finds volumes AY17/14 Craft, Industry and Everyday Life. Finds  from Anglo-scandinavian York AJMainman and NSH Rogers amd AY17/15 Craft, Industry and Everyday Life. Finds  from Medieval  York by Patrick Ottaway and Nicola Rogers and 17/16 Leather and Leatherworking in Anglo-scandinavian and Medieval York by Quita Mould, Ian Carlisle and Esther Cameron. 

Understanding leather: from tannery to collection


5 days CPD training for Conservators (10 -12 participants only)

Main Subjects

Understanding Leather

Understanding the threats to the preservation of leather in your collection

The course is a mixture of theory and practical (tanning, handling different leathers and examining deterioration problems).

Each aspect of leather production is explored in both a theoretical and practical way, and explained in relation to deterioration processes and resultant care and conservation problems.

Participants will have opportunities to try some of the production methods using both modern and traditional techniques.

Experienced professionals are on-hand to answer questions and the course takes place in an informal group, where students are encouraged to take part and get involved.


This course is aimed at conservators , curators and other museum professionals with responsibility for collections which include historic leather items, who wish to understand (a) leather making processes and (b) common deterioration problems found in historic leather objects.

Those who attended the course in previous years found it to be immensely useful as well as enjoyable.

To be held at

The Leather Conservation Centre and

Northampton University’s Institute of Creative Leather Technologies

The University of Northampton

Boughton Green Road

Northampton NN2 7AN

Dates - Monday 26 to Friday 30 June 2017

Cost - £495 tuition only. For students on recognised conservation courses there are a few places available at £295.00.

An accommodation list will be available.

NB The course will not run with less than 10 participants.

For further information or to book a place on this course please contact - Yvette Fletcher, Head of Conservation, The Leather Conservation Centre on email

Lab coats, gloves, boots and other necessary PPE will be provided.

Please note the course does not cover conservation treatments or techniques (please visit the West Dean website for information on CPD course on conservation of leather). 

The 2016 Richard Hall Symposium: 21 February 2016

21 February 2016. 'Lost Landscapes: 400-1100', the Richard Hall Symposium 2016. 
The Richard Hall Symposium 2016 celebrates the work done by Dr Hall and his York Archaeological Trust colleagues to bring the lost landscape of Viking-era York to the public eye, and considers comparable projects today, welcoming speakers at any stage in their research career to address a range of current themes in recovering the lost landscapes of the late antique and early medieval past.