The TRC has received a donation of some two thousand books for the ever-growing TRC library. Read more about this amazing gift, which will be added to the existing collection of almost 3000 publications on textiles and textile studies already catalogued.
As noted in our previous blog, Willem and I have just spent some time in a Syriac Orthodox monastery in Glane, The Netherlands. The Metropolitan bishop Mor Polycarpus Augin Aydin and Pater Antonius kindly helped with the TRC's current exhibition about dress and diversity in the Middle East. The bishop actually opened the exhibition. At the same time we were invited to come to the monastery. One of the reasons was to help with a display about the previous bishop, including some of his garments and his writing set (he was a noted calligrapher). The display will open on the 5th November 2017. In addition the TRC is going to help write a booklet about Syriac Orthodox monastic and priestly vestments.
There then followed a few days of peace, photography, and working on the Pepin Collection. This includes c. 3000 printed and woven textile samples from the 20th century, literally from the 1890's to the 1990's. An amazing overview of the range of European textiles from this period. About 1000 items are already on-line and we are adding many more each week.
And then yesterday (20th June) saw the arrival of a donation of c. 2000 publications (books, journals, off-prints) that was part of the library of the American artist and textile book collector, Seth Siegelaub. Sadly Seth died a few years ago and his main library is now being looked after by his widow Marja, while his smaller, working library has come to the TRC. The books were brought to Leiden by IJsbrand Leertouwer, the grandson of Prof. Lammert Leertouwer, the chairman of the TRC Board (we like to keep things within the TRC family ... many thanks to the Leertouwers for all their help, it was and is most appreciated).
This donation means a lot of work for the library team (Marieke, Karin and Robert) during the next few (?) months, but it also ensures that the TRC will have a wonderful resource that will be an important tool in our research projects, and those of others. We spent a happy and very sweaty few hours yesterday putting books onto the new racks we have bought (thanks to a donation from Virginia Drabbe, another member of the TRC Board). The work of unpacking will continue today. Slowly all the books will be sorted and added to the library and the on-line list of titles, which already stands at over 2700 titles.
The TRC and its amazing band of volunteers have taken on a lot of work over the last few months and will continue to do so I suspect, but we are well on the way to becoming an (impressive) international centre for textile and dress studies that can be enjoyed by everyone around the world.
Gillian Vogelsang-Eastwood, 21st June 2017