Bernard Middleton
  • London, 1972

  • by R H Clapperton
    The Shakespeare Head Press, 1954

  • by Bernard Middleton
    British Library Publishing Division, 2000

  • Oxford, 1935

  • Born 1924, London, England. Trained at Central School of Arts & Crafts and apprenticed to The British Museum Bindery. Craftsman-Demonstrator, Royal College of Art, 1949-51. Manager Zaehnsdorf Ltd. 1951-3. Self-employed book restorer and designer bookbinder since 1953.
  • City & Guilds of London Institute Silver Medal (First Prize) for Forwarding, 1943.
  • C & G Chief Examiner in General Bookbinding, 1957-63.
  • Founder member of The Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders in 1955 and Fellow of Designer Bookbinders since 1968.
  • President of DB, 1973-5. Awarded MBE for services to bookbinding, 1986.
  • Publications include A History of English Craft Bookbinding Technique (1963, 4th ed. 1996) The Restoration of Leather Bindings (1972, 4th ed. 2004) and Recollections: a life in bookbinding (2000).
  • Has conducted workshops for the restoration of leather bindings in Belgium, Brazil, Switzerland, The Netherlands, USA and Venezuela.
  • Bernard no longer accepts commissions for designed bindings, but continues to restore antiquarian books and make bindings in period styles.