International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles (IASSRT) 7th Annual Symposium

Event - Sainsbury Institute

Sunday 15 October, 2023 - Thursday 19 October, 2023

Reconnections Along the Silk Roads: Restoring and Reconstructing Textiles from Afar

The Sainsbury Institute are delighted to co-organise the 7th annual symposium for the International Association for the Study of Silk Road Textiles (IASSRT), organised in partnership with the China National Silk Museum.

Formed of a two day conference followed by a two day tour of related textile sites across Norfolk and Suffolk, this year’s symposium will address themes of reconstruction and restoration relating to the textiles of the Silk Roads.

Sunday 15th October

09:00 – 17:00 – Conference sessions at Norwich Castle Museum

17:00-19:00 – Textile viewing and reception at the South Asia Collection

19:15 onwards – Welcome dinner at the Maids Head Hotel

Monday 16th October

09:00-16:45 – Conference sessions at Norwich Cathedral, including textile viewing session at Norwich Cathedral Library

Tuesday 17th October

All day – Post-symposium tour day 1, including visits to Humphries Weaving and Gainsborough’s House in Sudbury, and a walking tour of Norwich

Wednesday 18th October

All day – Post-symposium tour day 2, including visits to the National Trust Conservation Studio, Blickling Hall, and Holkham Hall in North Norfolk

Thursday 19th October

Morning – Visits to the scientific laboratories of the British Museum


With thanks to the China National Silk Museum and the Pasold Research Fund for supporting this symposium. 

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