Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
Active workshop led by our experienced Education Officer, where pupils explore the properties and uses of leather and the science behind conserving ancient leather excavated by archaeologists. Pupils work in groups to conduct an experiment to discover how leather reacts to water, then have a go at cleaning and recording a piece of leather. We use a microscope to look in detail at leather samples from a range of animals and discover their different structure. Pupils also learn about the science behind conservation techniques used in our conservation labs to treat leather objects that have been buried in a damp environment. These techniques are also used at other high profile sites like the Mary Rose, where leather objects have been immersed in water for long periods of time. Developed and trialled for National Science and Engineering Week 2012, all 3 pilot schools would ‘definitely recommend the session to other teachers’. A year 6 SEN pupil declared “I had no idea science could be so much fun”.
To book Science of leather conservation contact:
WSHC, Cocklebury Road, Chippenham, SN15 3QN