The Art and Science of Textile Conservation: Behind the Scenes at the Royal Ontario Museum

25 May 2022

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Combine Indiana Jones with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and set it at the Met Gala, and you get the fascinating world of textile conservation. I recently went behind the scenes at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Textiles and Costumes department to visit the lab of Senior Conservator Chris Paulocik, and spent a fascinating morning learning about what conservators do, the science of textile conservation, and how you can preserve your heirloom or heritage textiles at home.

I would like to thank Chris Paulocik, Senior Curator, Textiles & Costumes at the Royal Ontario Museum for her time, generosity, and for nerding out with me; and Mariana D’Alberto from the ROM’s Media Relations Department for making my visit possible. — MW

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About Michelle Woodvine

Michelle Woodvine is a Toronto-based freelance writer and editor on a quest to never stop learning and making. When not wordsmithing for others, Michelle can usually be found working on her trilogy of speculative fiction novels, learning a new skill, or goofing around with her family (including her very own rocket scientist, two teenage boys, and one feisty ginger cat). Follow the weird, wonderful, and wordy adventures @woodvinewrites or visit

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