Training course


Practical leather conservation.

3 or 4 days. Usually held in Northampton, UK.  Others venues are possible, in the UK and abroad.

Dates: Next course May 28 - 31st May 2024. A 4 day course for up to 11 people, to be held at the Wooburn Craft School. See: This is a repeat of the very popular course held in February 2023. This one sold out in 2 weeks. There are two reviews of the course HERE

NEW. Distance learning via zoom or similar is also possible. Students are sent a pack of sample materials, tools etc. so that the practical work is possible. Cost varies according to the number of students.

A sample programme is available here: Practical leather conservation programme.pdf

A five day programme is also available for larger groups and universities.

Theo Sturge teaching leather conservation and resotoration in Vienna

Theo Sturge teaching students at the Institut fur Konservierung-Restaurierung, Akademie der bildenden Kunste, Vienna.  He regularly teaches at the university in Oslo and has also worked for the universities in Gothenburg and Vantaa, Finland.

An introductory course to some of the techniques more commonly used in leather conservation. The course will include theory and practical.  The course will aim to provide participants with a range of techniques for use on a wide variety of leather artefacts.

Topics to be covered include:

Methods of repair, including the choice of repair material and adhesive, and hints and tips on getting the best results. Repair materials including leather, and woven and non-woven fabrics will be considered. Adhesives such as the Lascaux acrylics, Evacon-R, Beva 371 and wheat starch paste will be discussed. Their method of application and the control of drying will be examined.

Gap filling with Beva 371, leather, Japanese tissue paper etc.

Surface finishes and dressings.


Humidification to allow reshaping.

Dying leather and toning in areas of damage to match the colour surrounding colour.

Leather working techniques. To include skiving with an English knife (once you have learnt to do it you will never use a scalpel again), basic saddle stitching with two needles, and skived joints.

Make a piece of gilt leather (beware, this can be very addictive and take up all your time!).

Cost for 3 day course: 450 pounds Sterling per person including all materials, tea, coffee and lunch. Accommodation in Northampton is available locally at additional cost. Number of participants: 2 or 3.

Enquiries: 0044 (0) 1604 717929

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