Saturday Spotlight: L for Leather! | University of Oxford

Saturday Spotlight: L for Leather!

Speaker
Andrew Hughes
Event date
Event time
14:30 - 15:30
Venue
Pitt Rivers Museum
South Parks Road
Oxford
Oxfordshire
OX1 3PP
Venue details

Entry via the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Event type
Gallery tours / talks
Event cost
Free entry
Disabled access?
Yes
Booking required
Not required

Andrew Hughes, VERVE project conservator, talks about some interesting findings and difficult challenges whilst preparing objects for display in the new Hide and Leather working case. Leather has a multitude of uses from shoes to saddles, water carriers to writing material. The museum collection houses leather from Ancient Egypt to the present day, made from the skin from mammals, reptiles, birds and fish. This varied material presents a conservator with many different problems. What are the needs of historic leather? What stories can conservation work reveal about these objects and what new questions have they raised?