Training course


Practical leather conservation.
3 days
Held in Northampton, UK.  Others venues are possible.
Dates:  Next course: Dates can be arranged to suit students, please ask.

Cost: 340 pounds sterling.

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

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

A review of a 5 day course held at the Natural History Museum is available here: Leather course review

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 also teaches at universities in  Oslo, 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.

Basic testing of leather.

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: 340 pounds Sterling per person including all materials, tea, coffee and lunch. Accommodation is available locally at additional cost. Number of participants: 2 or 3.

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Last modified: January, 2017