The Leather Conservation Centre™

CPD Course in Leather Conservation at West Dean, 18-21 April 2016

The Leather Conservation Centre was established in 1978 and is an internationally renowned organisation offering a comprehensive service in the conservation and restoration of objects (including books and other archival materials) of historic, cultural and artistic importance made wholly or partly of leather or its related materials.

Clients, both national and international, include:

  • Museums
  • Historic house owners
  • Conservation and heritage organisations
  • Livery Companies
  • Libraries and archives
  • Cathedrals and churches
  • Private clients

The Centre’s conservators are highly qualified and experienced within the field of leather conservation.  The Head of Conservation has been accredited under the United Kingdom Institute of Conservation’s (ICON) professional accreditation scheme and the Centre is listed on the conservation register maintained by ICON.

In addition the Centre has charitable trust status for education and research purposes.

The Centre’s educational activities include giving presentations, lectures and seminars both in the United Kingdom and abroad, preparing papers for professional journals, specialist monographs and textbooks on the conservation of leather.  The Centre also acts as host for work placements and internships for graduate and post graduate students for both British and international students.

In 2012 we concluded a two year research project in conjunction with the University of Northampton.  The research, into acid deteriorated leather (commonly known as red rot), has resulted in the development of a new product for the treatment of deteriorated leather.  Please see – Treating Acid Deteriorated Leather for further information.

The Leather Conservation Centre moved to its specially designed building on the Northampton University Campus in 1997. This has a large modular working space which is more than capable of handling the largest of movable objects (eg carriages, cars, screens, panels of gilt leather). If the object cannot be moved, whether for reasons of fragility, insurance or transportation costs, or because the leather is part of the fabric of the building, the Leather Conservation Centre carries out conservation in situ.

The Leather Conservation Centre also supplies a small range of materials for leather conservation and leather conservation publications.

If you have any questions or would like a quotation for conservation work, please do not hesitate to get in touch.