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Leather and Related Materials Working Group Triennial Programme 2023-2026

Leather and Related Materials Working Group Triennial Programme 2023-2026

Specific themes for investigation

      • Increasing engagement within the field of leather conservation, particularly with emerging members of the professional conservation community.
      • Retention of specialist knowledge and handskills within the community.
      • Innovation in treatment techniques, material applications and analytical approaches.
      • Supporting environmental sustainability in practice across the field of leather conservation.
      • Highlighting the broad and diverse base of materials and objects included within this category, and divergent processing and manufacturing techniques.
      • Building strong links with related groups, encouraging collaborative and cross-disciplinary practice.


      • Set up Facebook page to increase engagement and build community
      • Compile reference material relating to sustainable best practice and make available to Working Group members and wider field
      • Survey educational approaches to the teaching of conservation of leather and related materials
      • Work with related groups across ICOM, particularly related ICOM-CC Working Groups to identify collaborative opportunities to benefit both parties
      • Evaluate and advise on language used within the specialism
      • Encourage, select and review papers and posters for the ICOM-CC Triennial Conference


  • Set up and moderate group Facebook page
  • Interim group meeting
  • Triennial Conference
  • Newsletter and mailing list communications
  • Arrange practical workshops to accompany meetings
Leather and Related Materials