Notes from the expert meeting on textiles

Notes from the expert meeting on textiles


The Textile Section of TICCIH has turned the disaster of CoVid-19 into an opportunity to engage in a wider way than many thought possible. Alexander Humboldt University was able to facilitate a virtual meeting on 24 April 2020 instead of actually hosting us during the height of the pandemic in Europe. Although nothing can match the chance to interact with physical environments, to understand people and place, where scholars and practitioners meet, the day was a great success. The presentations are given here as pdf downloads. They encompass issues of urban planning, or its absence, in Ghent, Belgium, (Moermanns) and Mumbai, India, (Adarkar) and the astonishing quality, adaptive reuse challenges and achievements at mills in Russia (Ogirenko) and Lodz, Poland (Sowinska-Heim). Architectural history, the work of Swiss architect Carl Arnold Séquin-Bronner stretching from Italy to Finland, is discussed in collaborative research by Hanak (Switzerland) and Beran (Czechia). The HOS spinning and weaving mills in Germany, past and future, are discussed by Renz. Madry, presenting flax mills in Poland, shows that conservation solutions don’t always win through but a development in Isfahan, Iran, (Zadeh) shows what might yet be achieved. Oevermann and Watson present international typologies related to layout- the urban block or the production hall- and the types -flagship, landscape or time capsule- discussed at past TICCIH Textile Section meetings. For a brief overview of the day see the report by Shan-ti Tsai who assisted in the organisation of the day.

We hope that 2021 will permit the concluding workshop in the series in Lodz, Poland and an opportunity to present a comparative study report to the TICCIH Congress in Montreal.


Below please find materials for download related to the TICCIH Textile Section expert meeting, held virtually 24 April 2020.

Mark Watson – Introduction (PDF of slide presentation)

Cities and Historic Textile Complexes Meeting Brochure


PDFs of Slide Presentations:

Michael Hanak – “Carl Arnold Séquin-Bronner, the Common Denominator”

Lukáš Beran – “Carl Arnold Séquin-Bronner, the Common Denominator / part II”

Maciej Ma̧dry – “Linen industry on Lower Silesia”

Kathleen Moermanns – “Future of Mills in Ghent”

Heike Oevermann – “Historic Urban Textile Mills: Conservation and Conversion”