Launch of the Centenary section
We are delighted to announce the launch of the Centenary section of the website.
May 8th 2021 would have been Karen’s 100th birthday, and to celebrate we are publishing a range of new content on the site. This includes blog posts from family and friends to mark the occasion, lecture notes from Karen’s time teaching at the TCC, and the full transcripts of the FAIC interviews, which were conducted in 1985.
All of this new material is collected in the new Centenary section. Please do have a look and let us know what you think!
Latest blog posts
on May 8th, 2022
on April 7th, 2022
on May 20th, 2021
on May 8th, 2021
May 2nd, 2021
Conducted July 16th, 1985
Karen talks about her early days up until the Royal School of Needlework job
Conducted July 17th, 1985
Karen discusses life at the V&A, and writing the memorandum
Conducted July 18th, 1985
Karen speaks about establishing the Textile Conservation Centre at Hampton Court Palace
Contributing to the site
We would love to hear your voices! Visitors are encouraged to contribute to the site in one of two ways.
All forum posts and comments are available for anyone to see.
We are very excited to offer a voice to all visitors to this site. The forum allows visitors to share their memories of Karen or engage in discussion about the wider world of textile conservation.
Visitors are also encouraged to use the comments sections found at the bottom of each blog post and feature (articles, interviews, tributes, conservation projects) to share relevant thoughts and feedback.
Recent posts on the forum
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- Thank you Auntie Ruth for that story which I can supplement. Our son Jacob is also a Sunday’s child and when he was 4 years old, he fell into an open air swimming pool in South Africa, His parents didn’t notice but his older brother, Joshua, at 10 years old, jumped in immediately and pulled him out. I suppose the lesson here is despite potential drownings of our Sunday-born-family members, lucky fate intervenes and preserves your lives. Thank goodness. Katrina Katrina Finch on “A little bit adventurous”: a few of Karen’s early memories May 14th, 2021 ● 2:49pm
- I, too, am a Sunday’s child. You will understand that, when you read on and see, that in the end I was lucky : I used to play in the stable, where the cows were housed. There was a long passage between the two rows of cows. They had their behinds out to the passage, which was nicely covered with yellow tiles. There was room for leading away their urine to a subterranean container, before the tiles. The tiles were fine for riding there on my three-wheeled bike. Full speed. Only one day the lid was not on over the container to collect the urine from the cows. I speeded into it on the bike. The bike saved me, because it was stuck near the surface of the container, so they could get me up. After their first shock, their reaction was to tease me, because I had smelled. Ruth Sinding on “A little bit adventurous”: a few of Karen’s early memories May 13th, 2021 ● 7:22pm
- This is great, Katrina and Alan! I sent you an e-mail. Have a look at it and see, if you can use it. Ruth on Karen Finch’s centenary, 8th May 2021 May 4th, 2021 ● 12:39pm
- I am reading letters that my mother Kristine Andersen, nee Kaae, kept and translating them into English. One is from her cousin Andrea Thomsen sent from Skive Sanatoriet dated August 11, 1919. They were very close and lived in Tvede near Randers. Andrea died of TB perhaps in 1922 or earlier. I was glad to see the photo of the sanatorium. It’s amazing what one fines on the Internet when I searched for Skive Sanatorium. Best wishes. Kenneth K. Andersen on 1947–1959: Learning her trade March 2nd, 2021 ● 3:29pm
- Hallo Lisbeth – thank you for your comments Lisbeth – so appreciated. I expect you have since found out that you don’t need to register to simply view the website – only if you want to make a comment. Katrina Katrina Finch on Karen’s room August 7th, 2020 ● 3:12pm