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Society of Bookbinders Conference

Society of Bookbinders Annual Conference is a great opportunity to see demonstrations by knowledgeable experts, including Icon Members Lara Artemis and John Mumford

The bi-annual conference will be held at Keele University 3rd - 6th August. Amateurs and those with less experience will find inspiration and encouragement; professionals will gain new ideas. If you have not been to a Conference before you will find it easy to make new friends and to talk to the speakers and other top-level binders. 

Among the announced speakers are Icon Members, Lara Artemis and John Mumford.

Lara Artemis will be doing a talk on the Introduction to the History of Materials and Techniques in Parchment Conservation; it will discuss its composition and preservation, and include a description of how parchment came into being as a writing substrate, provide a brief insight into the illuminated page and compress around 1500 years of conservation practice. Lara is currently the Collections Care Manager responsible for library and archive collections held at the Houses of Parliament, UK. She is a PACR mentor, and an accreditation assessor for Icon. 

John Mumford will be giving a talk on Islamic Bindings. John is an independent preservation and conservation consultant for books and paper, and is currently working in Cairo, Egypt, where he is responsible for manuscript conservation at the Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation. John has lectured and taught workshops all over Europe, including Patmos and Montefiascone, and in the Middle East and South America.

Although the conference is primarily a residential one there is also the option to attend on a daily basis for the Friday and/ or Saturday only. Several conference bursaries are available in order to help with the costs of attendance for whichever option delegates may choose.

For more information, please see the conference website.

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