A centre is to be established at Glasgow University to preserve the fabric of the nation's treasures for future generations.
The Textile Conservation Centre Foundation (TCCF), which will be established in the university's Robertson Building, will be the only resource of its kind in the UK.
In addition to textile conservation, it will include history and technical art history, and focus on multi-disciplinary, object-based teaching and research.
It will be the first time conservation training has been undertaken in Scotland. Combined with the university's recent developments in technical art history, it is expected to have a national and international impact.
Nick Pearce, director of the university's Institute for Art History and head of the history of art department, said: "Expertise, facilities and the wealth of the collections make Glasgow the ideal place for the kind of interdisciplinary research and study which the centre will promote."
New academic posts will be created and the first student intake is planned for September 2010.
- For course details email A.Boyd@arthist.arts.gla.ac.uk.