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Conservation of leather

Date: 7-10 MAY 2013
Course code: PC1303 (3 day course)
Non-residential fee: £399

Leather can be found in a wide range of objects and has been used over many centuries and across the globe. The course is designed to explore the history, manufacture and chemistry of leather and to review current practice in its conservation. The format of the course includes lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions, and it will be presented by two leading practitioners working and teaching in this specialist area.

Course leaders: Yvette Fletcher and Roy Thomson.

Yvette has a first degree in Art History and an MA in Conservation of Historic Objects from Lincoln. She has been working in conservation since 2001, both at the Leather Conservation Centre and in historic building conservation, and is an Accredited Conservator. In 2009 she was appointed Head of the Leather Conservation Centre.

Roy is an Accredited Conservator Manager, Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a Fellow and past President of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists and a Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation. He was Chief Executive of the Leather Conservation Centre until his retirement in 2004. He was recently awarded a PhD for the study of the role of leather science and technology in heritage conservation.

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