Poppy Singer offers a comprehensive service for the conservation of textiles.

I have a wealth of experience in the treatment of textiles of all types:
– ancient and modern
– two or three dimensional
– European or Oriental
– painted or embroidered

Costume accessories

19th Century bonnets

Colchester Museum

The bonnets were conserved, and custom made mounts constructed for display from Linen buckram.


Sami Hat

Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge

The hat was badly insect damaged and misshapen. It was extensively surface cleaned and areas of loss were infilled. A two-part, soft mount was made for display and storage.


19th Century Snow Goggles from Franklin's expedition to find the North West Passsage

Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge

The tape ties and bridge were humidified and supported, and the goggles mounted for display, within wells, on a padded, acid-free board.


Pair of shoes c.1700-1730

Featured in the Treasured Possesions exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The damaged silk brocade was patched with silk, dyed to match, and the shoes re-shaped with custom-made internal supports.


Wellington's cocked hat

National Army Museum, London

Previous damage had been repaired with coarse net adhered to hold the fragments of beaver skin. The net was removed, the fragments correctly aligned and the brim supported on a custom-made mount.


The Earl Haige Fund Poppy Lapel badge c.1930

National Army Museum, London

The Poppy is made with silk and cotton petals, a metal centre and wire stamens. The crushed and fragmentary petals were gradually eased open and supported with silk crepeline using an adhesive technique.