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The Use of Condition Score to Determine Glycerol Concentration in the Treatment of Waterlogged Leather: an Empirical Solution

Sully, DM; Suenson-Taylor, K; (1996) The Use of Condition Score to Determine Glycerol Concentration in the Treatment of Waterlogged Leather: an Empirical Solution. In: Proceedings of the 6th ICOM-CC Group on Wet Archaeological Organic Materials Conference, York. (pp. pp. 157-172). ICOM-CC Group: Germany: Bremerhaven. Green open access

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Abstract

In recent years the treatment of waterlogged archaeological leather, unlike wood, has received little attention in the conservation literature. The selection of treatments for wet leather is generally thought to be less critical than that for wet wood. However variations in the treatment of leather do affect the success of the treatment process. By examining these effects we may identify which are the critical elements of the treatment. At the Museum of London (MoL) the treatment of waterlogged leather with glycerol impregnation and freeze drying, follows a method developed in the early 1980’s for the efficient treatment of large quantities of material (1). This study aims to build upon that work, by establishing the most effective concentration of glycerol to use with each individual artefact. To do this it has been necessary to implement a procedure to evaluate the relative success of treatments. This has been carried out using an experimental design similar to those commonly used in industrial and medical research (2). This study forms part of a larger research project reviewing our approach to the conservation of archaeological leather. It is hoped that other aspects of the leather treatment process will be investigated by the authors over the next few years.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: The Use of Condition Score to Determine Glycerol Concentration in the Treatment of Waterlogged Leather: an Empirical Solution
Event: 6th ICOM-CC Group on Wet Archaeological Organic Materials Conference, York
Location: York
ISBN-13: 9783927857889
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://icom.museum/en/
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10060150
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