The TCC was founded in 1975, when it was established as a charitable trust based at Hampton Court Palace. In 1998 the TCC became part of the University of Southampton and relocated to a purpose-designed building on its Winchester campus. The Centre was closed by the University of Southampton on 31st October 2009.
A new centre is being established in Glasgow University within the School of Culture and Creative Arts. This results from several months of very fruitful discussion between the University of Glasgow and the Textile Conservation Centre Foundation. The new teaching and research facility is called The Centre for Textile Conservation, Textile History and Technical Art History.
Three decades of work by the TCC’s staff and graduates has transformed textile conservation internationally. Over 250 textile conservators trained at the TCC as well as 140 curators. Between 1999 and 2009 alone the TCC’s staff published nearly 250 books, edited volumes and papers.