Understanding leather: from tannery to collection


5 days CPD training for Conservators (10 -12 participants only)

Main Subjects

Understanding Leather

Understanding the threats to the preservation of leather in your collection

The course is a mixture of theory and practical (tanning, handling different leathers and examining deterioration problems).

Each aspect of leather production is explored in both a theoretical and practical way, and explained in relation to deterioration processes and resultant care and conservation problems.

Participants will have opportunities to try some of the production methods using both modern and traditional techniques.

Experienced professionals are on-hand to answer questions and the course takes place in an informal group, where students are encouraged to take part and get involved.


This course is aimed at conservators , curators and other museum professionals with responsibility for collections which include historic leather items, who wish to understand (a) leather making processes and (b) common deterioration problems found in historic leather objects.

Those who attended the course in previous years found it to be immensely useful as well as enjoyable.

To be held at

The Leather Conservation Centre and

Northampton University’s Institute of Creative Leather Technologies

The University of Northampton

Boughton Green Road

Northampton NN2 7AN

Dates - Monday 26 to Friday 30 June 2017

Cost - £495 tuition only. For students on recognised conservation courses there are a few places available at £295.00.

An accommodation list will be available.

NB The course will not run with less than 10 participants.

For further information or to book a place on this course please contact - Yvette Fletcher, Head of Conservation, The Leather Conservation Centre on email lcc@northampton.ac.uk

Lab coats, gloves, boots and other necessary PPE will be provided.

Please note the course does not cover conservation treatments or techniques (please visit the West Dean website www.westdean.org.uk for information on CPD course on conservation of leather). 

The 2016 Richard Hall Symposium: 21 February 2016

21 February 2016. 'Lost Landscapes: 400-1100', the Richard Hall Symposium 2016. 
The Richard Hall Symposium 2016 celebrates the work done by Dr Hall and his York Archaeological Trust colleagues to bring the lost landscape of Viking-era York to the public eye, and considers comparable projects today, welcoming speakers at any stage in their research career to address a range of current themes in recovering the lost landscapes of the late antique and early medieval past.
Email: earlymedieval@yorkat.co.uk


Letter from Chair: Autumn 2015

Our many thanks to Edmund Southworth and Allison Fox of Manx National Heritage for welcoming us so warmly to the Isle of Man in April. A flavour of the weekend can be found on our Past Conferences and Meetings page. We all had a terrific time and Allison “did us proud”.   Whilst Allison organised a full and interesting itinerary for us, in the background Quita Mould very quietly and smoothly organised the group! Quita is standing down as Meetings Co-ordinator after two decades and I’d like to express all our appreciation for her hard work and dedication she’s shown on our behalf; not to mention the good humour!  Happily, she is staying on the Committee to provide membership support and Jackie Keily will step into the role liaising with meetings’ organisers. Please do keep offering topics and venues around the UK and beyond, Jackie will be pleased to hear from you!

We also very much enjoyed our day in Leicester last Autumn when we celebrated the life of Paul Courtney. Thank you to Yolanda Courtney and the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology for inviting the Finds Research Group to be involved in what was a splendid day.

At our last Committee meeting we decided that we would move to one meeting a year, with perhaps some tripettes when the occasion arose. I am very happy that Dave Marchant of the East Riding Museum Service has offered to host our 2016 meeting in the lovely town of Beverley. We are just finalising dates and we are very much looking forward to an excellent meeting.

I am pleased to say that our latest publication is Datasheet 47 “Disc-on-pin” Buckles written by Tom Redmayne and edited by Robert Webley will be with members soon. Many thanks to them both. We have a number of authors in the pipeline and always like to hear of other potential topics so please contact our Editor in Chief Nicola Powell nicky.powell@aocarchaeology.com

Many congratulations to Aubrey Steingraber, our Geoff Egan prize winner for 2014 for her research into cultural identities along the medieval Anglo-Scottish border through close analysis of portable antiquities. Her work for the University of York, Region of Divisions, Region of Connections – Border Theory and the Archaeology of the Anglo-Scottish Border 1066-1400earned her a MA with Distinction in Medieval Archaeology. Aubrey has since returned to the U.S. where she is continuing her archaeological career in the Pacific Northwest. We wish her well.

Finally and as always thank you to all the committee members who work voluntarily and tirelessly behind the scenes, fitting the Finds Research Group around busy work lives, family and other schedules.

See you in Beverley, I hope, and meanwhile every best wish