The conference will be held at the Northampton Town Centre Hotel in Northampton, UK, and there will also be a virtual attendance option for those that cannot make it in person. The event will also include a formal Dinner Dance in the evening, which partners are welcome to attend.

The agenda for the 2024 edition of the conference includes:

  • Keynote Wolstenholme Memorial Lecture – this year delivered by Matthews Collins of the McDonald Institute, University of Cambridge, entitled “Parchment: a millennium’s worth of dated untanned hides”.
  • Reimaging leather waste, making material circularity possible at an epic scale, presented by Richard Peace of Gen Phoenix.
  • Insights into the development of an alternative tanning system, presented by Stephen Trantum and Matthew Dunning of Trumpler.
  • Understanding the bisphenol content of leather – a study of chemical type and processing method, presented by Dr Andrew Ballantyne, Institute for Creative Leather Technologies.
  • Preservation of indigenous African heritage and leather practices: case study in Kenya, presented by Fatuma Ali, Sulha Africa.
  • Zeology tanning toolkit: assessing the progression of tanning, presented by Callum Mackay, Royal Smit & Zoon.
  • Future collaborations to preserve the past – insights from the Leather Conservation Centre, Rosie Bolton, Leather Conservation Centre.
  • Attempting to calculate SATRA’s organisational carbon footprint – the pitfalls and benefits, presented by Dr Christine Anscombe, SATRA.
  • The future of global leather education, presented by Deborah Taylor and Stephen Trantum, Supporters of Leather Education and Science (SOLES).

For more information or to register for the event, head to the SLTC website or get in touch with the organisation at monika@sltc.org.