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Cancelled: Understanding Book Structures for Conservation

From: Monday 27.04.20
at 9:00am
To: Friday 01.05.20
at 5:00pm

Sussex Conservation Consortium Studio in Amberley, West Sussex, UK


£515.00 per person (max. 4 people)

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This practical 5-day course will introduce the materials, tools and techniques most commonly used in Western European bookbinding. By understanding the historical context and changing manufacture of binding production, students will gain knowledge of how and why some bindings fail whilst others stand the test of time. Simple but effective preservation solutions will be explored to mitigate common library collection problems.

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New date TBC. This event has been postponed due to the situation with the pandemic.

Students will make a pamphlet, a case binding and a flexible binding. They will receive instruction on the history of bookbinding techniques and changes in the use and manufacture of materials.

The aim is to inform library professionals on how to care for library collections, what is possible and why it is necessary for the long-term stability of the collection. You don't need experience of bookbinding, but some hand skills will help. All the techniques will be guided and the class is very small to ensure the maximum level of help is available.

The final day will be spent with Caroline Bendix ACR, who will explain the main agents of damage in library collections and how to manage them effectively and efficiently. A National Trust property with an on-going book conservation project will be visited.

For more information contact Ruth Stevens ACR.
Tel: 07857 632846