Day 1: Welcome Talk
Informal welcome and introductions held by course tutors.
Day 2: What is leather and how is it made?
Presentation Talk: Introduction to the Leather Conservation Centre (LCC), leather basics and housekeeping
Leather: history, production and composition. Looking at methods of construction through the ages
Deterioration and preventive conservation techniques such as environmental parameters and pests
Leather analysis: species ID, tannage ID, examination techniques including pH/Ts
Day 3: Working with leather
Cleaning materials and techniques, humidification, consolidation
How to approach repairing leather: a look at adhesives and repairs materials
Dyes and colour integration of new leather
Day 4: Putting theory into practice
A chance for students to share a conservation project relating to leather and related materials, and discuss any questions or issues students have come across in their own practice.
Issue of certificates.
14.00- Course ends
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Although, due to time constraints, we cannot undertake a conservation project, you are invited to bring objects or details via photos/memory stick for discussion and treatment tests.
All materials required will be supplied but please bring personal conservation hand tools. International students are not required to bring any tools with them.
Mike is a visiting professor at the University of Northampton which has the only Breakching tannery in Europe. He is also a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glovers, a Freeman of the Leathersellers’ Company and a Trustee of The Leather Conservation Centre.
After her degree in Fine Art, Rosie completed a Graduate Diploma in Conservation of Book and Library materials at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. She has been a full-time member of the LCC Team since 2016 and is the Studio Manager.
Arianne gained an MA in Principles of Conservation from University College London (UCL) and an MSc in Conservation Studies from UCL Qatar. She undertook internships at the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver and the Ethnologisches Museum in Berlin specialising in organic materials. Following this Arianne held several positions in the Gulf including at the National Museum of Qatar. She has been a full-time member of the LCC since the beginning of 2020.