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The Leather Conservation Centre (LCC) was founded in 1978 with the aim of conserving material heritage made from leather, skin and animal membrane materials.

The LCC takes a holistic approach to conservation; operating a specialist studio for treatment, undertaking research to advance knowledge and techniques used in the field of conservation, and providing a range of educational activities.

The LCC is at the centre of a broad network of heritage and industry specialists and traditional practitioners, and proactively works to retain and record important historic technologies and craft skills at risk of extinction.


In 2019 the LCC moved to new premises in Northampton town centre alongside the Museum of Leathercraft. The new studio is equipped with specialist equipment to facilitate most conservation treatments. We have a range of literature and leather conservation materials which are available to purchase on our products page.

The studio space is sizeable meaning that the majority of conservation work can be carried out at the LCC, however we are flexible and happy to carry out conservation work in situ if it cannot be accommodated within the studio.

Conservation  •  Education  •  Research

Supported by

The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers, The Worshipful Company of Saddlers and the National Lottery Fund are very generous supporters of the LCC. Their funding plays a crucial role in the conservation of historic leather objects.

What cannot be measured is the moral support given to the staff at the LCC by being part of the Leathersellers’ “Family” and everyone is proud to be associated with Leathersellers and other livery companies including The Worshipful Companies of Saddlers, Glovers, Cordwainers and Curriers.

Our team



The Leather Conservation Centre
Grosvenor Chambers
Grosvenor Centre
Union Street

01604 719766