This course will outline the history and production of skin-based materials throughout the ages exploring different ‘types’ of leather and their material properties. We will look at methods of identification including species and tannage and explore various deterioration phenomena through presentation, examination, and analytical techniques.
Principles of preventive conservation specific to leather and related materials will be presented, including health and safety concerns. This will be followed by practical sessions that are designed to provide an opportunity for conservators to test a range of techniques and materials which they may be able to utilise or adapt for future projects. Practical sessions include looking at cleaning materials and techniques, humidification, stabilisation, and the use of various adhesives and repair materials suitable for leather. Presentation of current discussions and techniques within the field, such as the use of new analytical methods and nanotechnology, will ensure students have an up-to-date understanding of the sector.
Using a wide range of examples, the course will provide an overview and basis for understanding leather conservation and developing an appropriate methodology for solving conservation problems, including interventive techniques and materials.
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)
What students need to bring
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.