The Landi Company Ltd was created from The Textile Conservation Consultancy in October 2008. The original practice was established by Sheila Landi in 1989 and moved to The Stable Yard at Burghley in 1992. A second workshop was opened in the Kennel Yard in 2002 especially designed to treat tapestries and larger objects such as curtains and wall hangings.
The workshops are fully equipped allowing most current conservation techniques to be employed including wet cleaning, solvent cleaning, stitched supports and adhesive treatments.
The Company has undertaken commissions covering all aspects of textile conservation and has served a variety of clients including museums, historic houses, churches, military organisations and private individuals.
The Landi Company is part of the Burghley Conservation and Restoration group which comprises a number of other conservation businesses, based at Burghley, all with their own specialisms.
Following training in Fine Art at Kingston and the Royal Academy Schools she joined the Textile Section of the Conservation Department at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1963 and became Head of Section in 1972. As conservation as a discipline was in its infancy at this stage, Sheila played a key role in its development within the museum and in the establishment of the profession in a wider sense.
She has had many articles published and has also written "The Textile Conservator's Manual" which is now in its second edition with further revisions in the paperback version. On her retirement from the V&A in 1989 Sheila continued to work in private practice establishing The Textile Conservation Consultancy, which became the Landi Company in 2008.
She is a fellow of the International Institute for Conservation (IIC), and an Accredited Member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA)
Louise has an MA in Mixed Media Textiles from the Royal College of Art, as well as undergraduate degrees from the University of Leeds and Loughborough University. Louise has ten years’ experience as an international textile designer, working in Australia and Europe. This Autumn she is off to the University of Lincoln to study for the MA Conservation of Cultural Heritage
Melinda completed the MA Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Lincoln in 2019, following the completion of the Graduate Diploma in 2016. Melinda’s background is in fine art embroidery, and her dissertation research is focussed on the use of gels in textile conservation.
Tina is a skilled seamstress, with over forty years’ experience working with a wide variety of high-end textile applications, including bridal and interiors. Tina is a committee member of the local embroiderer’s guild and is involved in a number of textile groups in the area.
Kelly has now become a permanent member of the team after initially covering maternity leave taken by Jacqui Smith. Kelly completed the MA Conservation of Cultural Heritage at the University of Lincoln in 2019, having specialised in textiles. She also completed the Graduate Diploma Conservation Studies from Lincoln in 2018. During her studies she completed placements in several Textile Conservation Studios, both in the UK and overseas, before up-taking her role here in July 2019.
It is with regret that we have to say farewell to Jacqui for now, problems with childcare has made it impossible for her to come back to work after her maternity leave
Emma has now left the Company to take up a new job as manager of Grimsthorpe Castle, in which role we wish her well