- Durham City Arts Festival
- IDLC Notification
10:00 - 16:00
Join Evancliffe Leathercraft for this special one day workshop at Palace Green Library. By the end of the day, participants will leave with their own, handcrafted leather pouch. Along the way, you will learn various skills such as stitching, riveting and cutting leather. There will also be the opportunity to dye and finish the leather, making each pouch personal to its creator.
Leatherwork would have been a familiar activity for many of the Scottish soldiers who were marched to Durham and kept prisoner after their defeat at the Battle of Dunbar in the seventeenth century. Much of their clothing, shoes and kit would have made good use of this natural, useful and hardwearing material.
This workshop forms part of the public events programme alongside the exhibition Bodies of Evidence: how science unearthed Durham’s dark secret, an exhibition which tells the stories of men who lost their lives here in Durham and others who started new lives after their imprisonment. The workshop is being subsidised and places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. This is a great opportunity to learn some traditional craft skills whilst enjoying the surroundings of Durham’s World Heritage Site.
This workshop is suitable for adults. No previous leatherwork experience is necessary. Cold drinks and biscuits will be provided throughout the day and the Courtyard Café will be open should you wish to purchase hot drinks, cold bottled drinks, soups, sandwiches and snacks.
Tickets for this event are £25 per person. Please book your place via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/leathercraft-full-day-pouch-making-workshop-tickets-49127400377