Tuesday 19th September 2017 10.30am – 4.30pm Leathersellers’ Hall, 7 St Helen’s Place, London EC3A 6AB 10.30 Registration and Coffee 11.00-11.10 Introduction to the day – Mike Redwood 11.10-11.30 The Science of Leathering – Tony Covington 11.30-12.50 The Enigma of Japanese Leather: A Comparative Historical Approach to Japanese ‘White’ Leather – Yuko Nishimura and Shoji Nobi plus short video 12.50-13.00 Round up of morning session/Questions 13.00-14.00 Lunch break 14.00-14.15 The History of Brain Tannage in the Americas – Theresa Kamper (video presentation) 14.15-14.35 Decorated Leather on Japanese Arms and Armour, Ian

Job description: Conservator (leading to the opportunity to become Head of Conservation) Term: Full time permanent post Main purpose of job: to conserve objects made of leather, fur-skins and parchment, including associated materials such as metals and textiles. To bring in new clients and projects, learn the skills inherent in the Leather Conservation Centre (LCC) and maintain relationships with stakeholders. The post is designed to lead towards assuming full responsibility from the present Head. Key Responsibilities (in order of priority) To conserve objects To develop a business plan to promote

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

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.

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