Textile Conservation Workshop
In the summer of 2010, staff, students, and volunteers gathered together to clean historic textiles in Fort Vancouver's museum collection. Museum Technicians Heidi Pierson and Eileen Trestain led the workshop sessions with the goal of teaching proper care and cleaning of historic textiles in a museum setting.
Each textile item was delicately brushed to remove surface dirt, then vacuumed through a mesh screen to remove more embedded contaminants. After cleaning, textiles were re-housed with archival materials to help preserve them.