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Workshop on leather conservation

From: Eric Pourchot <epourchot>
Date: Wednesday, July 9, 2003
The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
Works <URL:>, in partnership with the
Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts, presents a
"Master Studies" workshop:

   "Conservation of Leather."
    Instructors: Roy Thomson and Aline Angus, The Leather
        Conservation Centre
    Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts
    Philadelphia PA
    November 6-8, 2003 (Thursday -Saturday)

Course Fee: $300 AIC members; $450 non-members
Enrollment Limit: 15
Registration Deadline: October 3, 2003 (if space remains).

Pre-requisite: familiarity with basic laboratory and conservation
procedures.  Participants will be selected based on order of receipt
of registration.  The number of registrants from a single
organization may be limited if necessary to allow for maximum
participation.  Early registration is advised.  Due to the
international nature of this workshop, program is subject to change
without notice.   Registration forms are available at
<URL:> or from the AIC office (contact
information given below).

Description: This three-day workshop will focus on the history,
technology, and conservation of the wide range of leathers found in
furniture, library, transport, clothing, footwear, and other
collections in museums, historic houses, and private collections.
Participants will engage in treatment techniques as well as
demonstrations and lecture sessions.

Topics will include:

    How leathers were made
    Identification of sources and tanning methods
    Deterioration and its causes
    Humidification and consolidation
    Repair, adhesives, infilling and moulding
    Dyeing, dressing, and finishing

Participants are invited to bring samples or objects to the course
for discussion and treatment tests.

The Instructors: Roy Thomson graduated from the Department of
Leather Industries in 1960. Following a period in research,
development and technical sales, he was appointed as Works Director
at one of the UK's largest clothing leather tanneries.  After
twenty-five years he joined the Leather Conservation Centre as Chief
Executive in 1993.  He is an Accredited Conservator Restorer, a
Fellow and Past President of the Society of Leather Technologists
and Chemists and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and the
International Institute for Conservation.

Aline Angus was educated in Scotland and has an honors degree in
ancient history and archaeology from the University of Durham.  She
gained a HND in Conservation and Restoration at Lincolnshire College
of Art and Design in 1992.  She has worked on ethnographic
collections at the Horniman Museum and the Royal Albert Museum in
Exeter.  She spent three years at the Royal Museum in Edinburgh
mostly working on 18th and 19th century objects for the new Museum
of Scotland.  She has spent four years at the Leather Conservation

Housing and Transportation: Hotel rooms can be found in the range of
$100-$150 within walking distance of the workshop location.  Less
expensive hotels can also be found in the suburban areas, although
car and parking expenses may negate any savings. CCAHA is located on
the western edge of Philadelphia's historic district, within walking
distance (or a short cab ride) from Philadelphia's 30th Street
Station.  Specific housing recommendations and travel directions
will be sent to all participants.

This program is funded by the FAIC Endowment for Professional
Development, which is supported by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
and by contributions from  members of the American Institute for
Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.

For more information, contact:

    Eric Pourchot
    Program Officer for Professional Development
    American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic
    1717 K Street NW
    Suite 200
    Washington DC 20006
    202-452-9545, ext. 12
    Fax: 202-452-9328
    epourchot [at] aic-faic__org

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Received on Wednesday, 9 July, 2003

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