Theo Sturge is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation
(FIIC), an Accredited Member of the Institute of Conservation
(ACR). He has over 45 years experience of conservation and restoration in
both the public and private sector.
Theo has specialised in leather conservation for over 25 years and is
probably the most experienced leather conservator in the UK.
He trained in conservation at the Institute of Archaeology, London University,
in the early 1970's.
On leaving college he went to Leicester Museum where he was Assistant Keeper,
Antiquities Conservation for 16 years. During this time he worked on a very wide
variety of social history and archaeological material. This was followed by 6
years as Senior Keeper, Conservation and Restoration at the Herbert Art Gallery
and Museum, Coventry. Here he had overall responsibility for conservation and
restoration in the museum.
Immediately prior to setting up the Sturge Conservation Studio he was Senior
Conservator at the Leather Conservation Centre where he evolved specialised
methods for work on items as diverse as car seats and painted gilt leather wall
hangings and screens.
published widely, in 2000 his book on the conservation of leather
artefacts came out, and he established his own business, the Sturge Conservation