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Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT)

All-New ICLT Tannery and Research Facilities Now Open

“We are delighted to have moved to the new ICLT centre at the University’s newly built Waterside campus, located in the heart of Northampton.  Welcoming students to our tannery, laboratories and teaching facilities, we are proud to deliver world class leather education and research, supporting the global leather industry”

R Garwood – Director, ICLT

What is the Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT)?

The Institute for Creative Leather Technologies (ICLT) is a unique research and education centre. Our research responds to the scientific and technological needs of the automotive, fashion, footwear and allied leather industries.

Understanding new and traditional leather processing techniques expands the possibilities of how leather can be used. Our research programme has an impact on diverse sectors, including medical and technological applications. The partnerships that we have also take leather developments into engineering, media and fashion.


Working with ICLT

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External partners

The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers

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The Leathersellers’ Company is one of the ancient Livery Companies of the City of London.  Founded by royal charter in 1444 with authority to control the sale of leather within the City.  It no longer has this regulatory role, and instead devotes its energies to support for charity, education and the British leather trade.   The company has supported the leather provision at UoN for many years.

The Leather Conservation Centre

The Leather Conservation Centre logoThe Centre offers a comprehensive service in the conservation of leather objects of historic, cultural and artistic importance for national and local museums, historic houses and private clients. The LCC engages in training and research into improved methods of leather conservation.

The National Leather Collection (NLC)

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The NLC is based in the heart of the UK’s leather and footwear industry, Northampton.  Their unique focus on leather makes it a valued resource for aesthetic, technological and design studies and is on the doorstep to the ICLT on Waterside campus.