Salary £31,000 per annum Pension – Workplace Pension Scheme Full time (37.5 hours per week) Permanent Leather Conservation Centre, Northampton, UK The Leather Conservation Centre (LCC) was established in 1978 and is an internationally renowned organisation offering a comprehensive service in the conservation and care of objects (including books and other archival materials) of historic, cultural and artistic importance made wholly or partly of leather or its related materials. The LCC is seeking a senior conservator preferably with experience in the conservation of leather and related materials including associated

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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