We are offering a 12 month internship in collaboration with ICON. The placement offers an opportunity to work on a wide range of historic objects made wholly or partly of leather and its related materials.  You will be involved in all aspects of conservation, including practical treatments, condition assessments and conservation proposals.  As part of a small team you will be expected to carry out a wide range of duties and will be fully involved in the work of the Centre. Closing date for applications: 8th October 2017, midnight For

Our annual Conservation of Leather Course will be held at West Dean from 11-14 December 2017. 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

A short video detailing the conservation of the Vinegar Bible which will be on display in the crypt at Rochester Cathedral.

Another successful Conservation of Leather course was held at West Dean in May. This course, part of West Dean’s Professional Conservators in Practice CPD programme, is run annually. The course covers historic technology, chemistry and use of leather and current practices in its conservation. The format of the course includes lectures, demonstrations and practical sessions. Next year’s course will be held 17-20 March 2014. Further details can be obtained from West Dean – or The Leather Conservation Centre.

Bantry House, Co Cork Head of Conservation, Yvette Fletcher, was invited to Bantry House in Co Cork, SW Ireland by Betty TV to take part in filming for a new series of Country House Rescue. The family, who own the house, showed Yvette all the gilt leather in the house which she examined in order to prepare a conservation treatment proposal. Then Yvette and the family took part in filming the episode, with Yvette talking to the daughter, Sophie, about the origins of the leather and possible conservation treatments. The

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