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Leather and Related Materials Working Group
Triennial Programme 2020-2023


Specific themes for investigation


Conservation materials and methodologies: The development, the improvement or the assessment of conservation materials and techniques for leather and related materials.

Development of new analytical approaches for the characterisation of leather, skin and parchment, in particular non-invasive and micro-invasive techniques to gain information on the technologies and degradation.

Preventive conservation: The development of strategies, guidelines on environmental conditions for leather, skin and related materials in museums, churches, libraries, archives and historic houses. Research and preventive conservation projects on the issues of low energy storage and display.

Leather, skin and parchment technologies: Studies on the history and original technologies of leather artifacts of historic and artistic value from different countries, based both on scientific investigation and study of archival documents, technical sources and literature.

Sustainable conservation practices related to climate control, integrated pest management and leather conservation treatments or materials, as well as approaches to achieve carbon net zero through our work practices.




ICOM-CC 20th Triennial Conference in 2023. Encourage members to contribute
papers that will address the Working Group and the conference themes.

Interim Meeting: Organisation of an Interim Meeting in 2022. Depending on the possibilities, the meeting may be organised in combination with another Working Group of ICOM-CC or other committee of ICOM. A full publication will be produced following the conference and the talks may be recorded and made available online.

ICOM-CC Publications Online Platform Project: The Working Group will assist with gathering information for the Publications Online Platform Project related to the Working Groups’ past publications, as well as any further work required to place publications generated in this triennium.

Virtual Discussion: Organise short events online for a small group of participants to discuss and exchange ideas on a specific topic.
Videos on Practical Treatments: Use the Working Group home page on the ICOM-CC website to gather links to access existing and newly created videos. Encourage the creation of new videos made by Working Group members showing practical conservation treatments and sharing tricks and tips.

Common and Collaborative Bibliography: reflection on the possibility of creating a common and collaborative bibliography on leather and related materials. Different topics will be defined, and the project will be initiated on one of these specific topics.

Workshop: organisation of a workshop either combined with the Interim Meeting or stand-alone (e.g., leather manufacturing workshop, art historical practical workshop on gilt leather).


ICOM-CC acknowledges and highly values the contributions and additional efforts required by the Working Group Coordinators towards converting the Beijing 19th Triennial Conference to a fully virtual event. Additional workloads are being carried by Coordinators from both the past and current triennia to ensure a vibrant and exciting conference.





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