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Workshop: Making Bespoke Book Cradles for Exhibitions

From: Saturday 16.11.19
at 9:30am
To: Saturday 16.11.19
at 4:30pm

Conservation and Collection Care Studio
Cambridge University Library
West Rd
United Kingdom


£70.66 for members

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Following the great success of this workshop in 2018, we are glad to announce the one day Making Bespoke Book Cradles for Exhibitions will be held in Cambridge this year.

Event description: 

On this one day course, you will learn how to make three cradles for displaying books whether closed or open. The cradles will be made with a conservation-grade mount board to perfectly fit the shape of a book. At the end of an exhibition these cradles can easily be recycled and so there is no issue with handling and storage.

About the instructor

Monika Stokowiec is a book conservator with many years of experience working in private studios and institutions. She currently works at the Fitzwilliam Museum as an Assistant Conservator in the Printed Books and Manuscripts Department.

Practical information

This workshop is limited to 8 participants.


Icon members: £65 (plus booking fee)
Non-Icon members: £85 (plus booking fee)

Materials / tools:

All materials are included in the cost and you will take home the three cradles made during the workshop. You will need to bring a few simple tools with you as listed below:

A small book to make cradles for (smaller than A5 size) / 30cm steel ruler / Set square / Scalpel and 10A blades / Permanent marker (medium fine point) / Sharp pencil / Eraser. Optionally bring a glue gun if you have one.


Meeting at 9.15am at the Entrance Hall of the Cambridge University Library. The workshop will start at 9.30am until 4.30pm.

There will be a lunch break. Please note that refreshments and food are not provided as part of this workshop, however attendees will be able to use the onsite cafe, and bring their own food and tea bags if they wish (free hot water is available).

During lunch time the attendees will be able to visit the Cambridge University Library's exhibition 'The Rising Tide: Women at Cambridge'.

Please contact Mito Matsumaru with the subject line ‘Making Bespoke Book Cradles’ if you require any further information.