About Aylwen



  • Conservation treatment: Victorian flax tool
  • Completion of book "Trims, Frills and Furbelows from 1730s-1830s"


  • The Joy of Repetition with Eugenie van Oirschot 
  • Handling Sisal Straw in Big Brim Form with Rose Hudson 
  • Show Girl Foundations with Lindsay Whitehead
  • Bridal Millinery with Neil Grigg
  • Show Girl Extravaganza with William Bobbie Stewart 

  • Millinery Perfection for Intermediate and Advanced Milliners, Dillon Wallwork, France


  • 2019 AICCM Textile Special Interest Group Symposium: Fibre to Fabric, Fur, Feather and Finishes, Sydney
  • Melbourne International Millinery Convention
  • ICOM-CC Textiles Working Group Interim Meeting 2019 "A Challenging Dimension: The Conservation and Research ofCostume and Accessories", Abegg-Stiftung in Riggisberg, Switzerland



  • Conservation of a 1780s Dutch Straw Bergere Hat
  • Wearing Indigo: Construction of a shibori print dress, dyed & blocked wool felt top hat and an indigo-resist printed 18th century inspired pocket, Australian National University
  • Growing and processing flax & nettles for spinning
  • Cleaning, carding and spinning wool

Workshops & Further Study

  • Flax Production Workshop, UK


  • Arts & Visual Culture, University of Cambridge



  • Hereford Museum, UK
  • Berrington Hall, UK
  • Chertsey Museum, UK
  • Victoria & Albert Museum, UK


  • Millinery intensive, London College of Fashion, UK
  • Certificate in Crewelwork, Royal School of Needlework (RSN),
  • UK Goldwork and ribbon embroidery classes, RSN, UK
  • 17th Century men's clothing and sewing techniques, School of Historical Dress, UK
  • Tambour Embroidery classes, Hand & Lock Studios in London, UK
  • Textile conservation cleaning methods, University of Glasgow, UK
  • Textile Archaeology Summer School, Centre of Textile Research, University of Copenhagen.