Welcome to the Sturge Conservation Studio.
The site for the conservation and restoration of historic
leather, including leather furniture, upholstery, gilt leather, Spanish leather,
leather screens and wall hangings, historic clothing, harness, coaches, cars,
sedan chairs, saddles, luggage, boots and shoes etc. More modern items include
Eames chairs, Barcelona chairs, and swan and egg chairs by Arne Jacobsen.
There is a further site
which gives information on other services offered. These include general
antiquities, mosaics, archaeological wall paintings, replicas and training.
Left. Theo Sturge working on gilt leather wall coverings in Stadhuis van
Dokkum, (Dokkum Town Hall) Gemeente Dongeradeel, the Netherlands. Theo
spent 5 weeks conserving the leather on site in 2011. The leather
dates from around 1750.
Above. Theo Sturge teaching leather
conservation at the Natural History Museum, London. see
Leather can often be restored or conserved when at first glance it appears
to be beyond help. Splits can be repaired,
holes can be filled, and weak areas can be supported. In addition,
where colour has been lost it can be reinstated.
Care is always taken to try and meet the needs of the
owner, and take the level of work to that required. It is rarely
possible to bring an object to an "as new" state, but it is usually possible
to make it look loved and cared for. Retaining the original leather, but
enhancing its appearance, leads to an object which retains its historic
appearance and integrity.
Theo Sturge is an Accredited Member of the
Institute of Conservation, a Fellow of
the International Institute for Conservation. He provides leather
conservation advice to the National Trust. He is an Assistant Coordinator for the International Council of Museums Conservation Committee (Icom-cc) Leather and Related Materials Working Group.
The Sturge Conservation Studio offers a service to both
the public and private sector in both the UK and abroad. Clients include
the National Trust, The National Trust for Scotland, members of the Historic Houses Association such as Alnwick
Castle, RIBA, major museums including Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, the
National Horseracing Museum, York Castle Museum, and the Museum of Leathercraft, and private clients in the UK,
the Netherlands, Germany and the USA.
Theo Sturge has over 40 years experience in conservation
and restoration. Prior to setting up the Sturge Conservation Studio in
held posts in major museum services in the UK followed by work in the
private sector. He has specialised in leather conservation and restoration
for 25 years and has
0044 (0)1604 717929
Sturge Conservation Studio, 6 Woodland Avenue, Northampton, NN3 2BY, UK.
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