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Board Reattachment


An Elegant Method of Board Reattachment

Tutor: Emma Fraser
Dates: 9 - 10 July 2022
Times: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Venue: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Fee: members - GBP185.00/non-members - GBP205.00. (plus a materials fee payable on the day)

One of the most common problems the book conservator encounters are detached boards and consequently there are a variety of methods for their reattachment. My method was designed for use on tight back bindings where one or more of the boards are detached but the spine and sewing is intact. The method is relatively quick and provides a strong physical attachment without excessive interference with original material or the functionality of the binding.

During this workshop we will examine and discuss various methods of board reattachment, followed by a demonstration of my method. Participants will then prepare the simple tools and materials needed before being guided step by step through the process on their own examples.

A knowledge of book structures and book conservation techniques is recommended for this 'hands on' workshop.

Emma Fraser is an accredited Book and Archive Conservator.  She completed her MA Conservation at Camberwell in 1997 and in 2000 she joined the Book & Paper Conservation Studio at the University of Dundee. It is here where Emma first developed her method of board attachment and has been adapting it ever since. In 2012 she set up the Book & Paper Studio, a small conservation practice based in the heart of Dundee. The Studio regularly takes in interns and Emma has taught various workshops throughout the UK.


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