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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

The Centre celebrates Anne Lama receiving her Doctorate from the University of Northampton. Anne Lama recently received her Doctorate from the University of Northampton. Her PhD thesis was entitled “The effect of the leather manufacturing processes on bacterial growth in tannery effluent”. Anne is continuing her research at the Centre into acid deterioration of leather, in collaboration with the University.

Our annual Conservation of Leather Course will be held at West Dean from 2-5 March 2009. More information is available at the West Dean website: www.westdean.org.uk Or contact Liz Campbell at: liz.campbell@westdean.org.uk Telephone: +44(0) 1234 818219

Delegates from the East Midlands Museums Service came to the LCC this November for a day of training on the Care of Leather. Fourteen delegates came from across the region to spend the day discussing handling, storage, display and identification of leather objects, with reference to particular problems in their collections.

The Leather Conservation Centre has just given a three day course in the conservation of leather at West Dean as part of their Professional Conservators in Practice strand. Aline and Yvette taught in collaboration with Roy Thomson, and Andrea Fingland came as an observer/factotum.

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