Please note the date of all publications. New treatments and research may have superseded details given in any publication.


Leather Conservation Centre Publications:

 Surface Coatings for Binding Leathers. B.M. Haines (2001).

A detailed report on the work carried out to compare the acrylic wax blend SC6000 (SC7400) with other materials as surface coatings for binding leathers.



 The Conservation of Leather Artefacts: Case Studies from the Leather Conservation Centre. T. Sturge (2000).

The first half of the monograph consist of nine case studies showing a broad range of problems encountered when conserving leather objects and the variety of materials and techniques employed to solve them. The second half gives more detailed information on the materials used at that time and a glossary of specialist terms.



Parchment: The physical and chemical characteristics of parchment and the materials used in its conservation. B.M. Haines (1999).

A discussion of the structure of collagen, the manufacture of parchment, its deterioration and the structure and use of other skin based products such as goldbeaters skin and sausage casings in conservation.




Other Publications:

Leather Manufacture Through the Ages. Eds. R. Thomson & J.A.Beswick, EMIAC, Northampton (1983).

Postprints from a one day conference on historic leather manufacturing techniques with contributions from S.Thomas (Middle Ages), L.A.Clarkson (Post Medieval) and R. Thomson (nineteenth century).



Leather Manufacture in the Post Medieval Period. R.S.Thomson, Museum of Leathercraft, Northampton (1981).

Reprint of a paper describing the activities of tanners, curriers, fellmongers, whittawyers and glovers with special reference to Northamptonshire.





Bookbinding Leather: Yesterday, today and perhaps tomorrow. R.S.Thomson. J. Soc. Leather Technologists and Chemists (2001) 85 66.

A background survey showing the need to develop archival bookbinding leather combining the chemical properties of the British Standard Archival Leather and physical properties which enabled it to be used by binders.



Gilt Leather wall Coverings: some options for repair, The Conservation of Decorative Arts. T. Sturge. London (1999). 65.



Choices in the Treatment of Gilt Leather Wallhangings, R.S.Thomson. J.Soc. Leather Techologists and Chemists (1999) 84 20.

A description of conservation techniques for interested non



From Pottery to Skivertex: Alternatives to Leather. R.S. Thomson. Preprints for the Third International Symposium of ARSAG. Conservation, a Changing Science. París (1997) 79. 

A survey of artificial leathers and some of their properties.



The Manufacture of Bookbinding Leathers in the Nineteenth Century- The beginning of the Rot? Reprints of the International Conference on Conservation and Restoration of Archive and Library Marterials. R.S.Thomson . Erice. (1996) 499.

A description of some of the major changes to manufacturing methods in the nineteenth century which led to the high prevalence of red rot in late nineteenth century leather bindings.



Pest Attack on Leather. Postprints of UKIC Furniture Section Conference London 1996 pp34-40.



Thomson, RS. Chrome Tanning in the Nineteenth Century.

Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists (1984)



Thomson, RS. Tanning Man’s First Manufacturing Process?

The Newcomen Society for the study of the history of Engineering and Technology (1981)



Thomson, RS. The English Leather Industry 1790-1990.

The Case of Bevingtons of Bermondsey. Journal of the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists (1991)