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Robert Charleston's textile letters

Researchers: Shelley J. Anderson and Marleen Audretsch.

Robert J. Charleston (1916-1994) was the keeper of Ceramics and Glass at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He helped to build up the collection that is considered to be one of the most comprehensive in Europe. He published extensively and, as one of the most eminent experts on glass, served as a consultant to museums and collections around the world. A keen amateur historian and archaeologist, Charleston also had another, less well-known passion, for textiles.

 

This project will scan, transcribe and translate, for the first time, the TRC's unique collection of Charleston's early correspondence regarding his research into Roman textiles. This collection includes letters to and from pioneering archaeologists such as Sir Mortimer Wheeler, Grace M. Crowfoot, and R. Pfister, among others. The letters, written during and shortly after the Second World War, reveal a remarkable pan-European scholarly cooperation among British, German, French, Italian and Hungarian researchers. Mr. Charleston gave the letters to Dr. Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, director of the TRC, in May 1985 and they were given to the TRC some years ago.

 

Project duration: The project is divided into three stages: (a) transcribing and annotating the letters between Charleston and Grace Crowfoot, (b) transcribing and annotating the letters with other experts, (c) preparing the annotated letters for digital publication. It is anticipated that the letters will come on-line in the autumn of 2015.

 

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The TRC is dependent on project support and individual donations. All of our work is being carried out by volunteers. To support the TRC activities, we therefore welcome your financial assistance: donations can be transferred to bank account number NL39 INGB 000 298 2359, in the name of the Textile Research Centre, Leiden. Since the TRC is officially recognised as a non-profit making cultural institution (ANBI), donations are tax deductible for 125% for individuals, and 150% for commercial companies. For more information, click here
 
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