Image of a textile conservator putting a dragon robe on display at the Arts of the Book gallery


The Conservation of an Imperial Dragon Robe from the Chester Beatty Collection

Karen Horton’s talk will focus on both the different dynastic styles of Chinese Imperial/Official Court Dress from the early dynasties up to the Qing period when Dragon Robes became the official attire of the Imperial Court, their construction and materials, and the work that she undertakes at the Chester Beatty conserving the Dragon Robes, the methods and materials that she uses as well their mounting and re-display each year.

Free, no booking required.

Karen Horton trained as an archaeological conservator, and then chose to specialise in textile conservation. She works internationally as an independent textile and ethnographic conservator. Her clients include the Chester Beatty where she is the contract textile conservator, Dublin Castle, the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – University of Cambridge, Leeds Museum, the National Museum of Ireland to name but a few as well as numerous private clients.
Karen’s passion and interest are in all aspects of the material cultures of Asia and particularly Tibet, she has travelled extensively throughout India, the Himalayas, and China, she is currently conserving and researching a group of Ming Dynasty textiles in Xi’an China where she works each year. Karen is studying for her Ph.D. and her research topic is Tibetan/Chinese Embroidered and Woven Thangkas and Buddhist Textiles, Collections, Provenance and the Art Maker 1400 to present.

In association with Dublin Chinese New Year Festival 2019

Open today 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Monday to Friday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Wednesday 9:45am - 8:00pm
Saturday 9:45am - 5:30pm
Sunday 12:00pm - 5:30pm

Closed Mondays: Nov - Feb
Closed 1 Jan; Good Friday; 24-26 Dec

Admission is Free
No booking required
Suggested donation €5


Chester Beatty
Dublin Castle
Dublin 2
D02 AD92