This list was originally compiled by Designer Bookbinders in April 2002. Updates are frequently made but only when new information is received from the institution or organisation concerned. Therefore, the accuracy of the information at any given time cannot be guaranteed.
listing of any institution, organisation or individual should not be
regarded as constituting any form of ratification or endorsement by Designer
Co-ordinator: Rosa Maria Welsh
Missenden Summer School operates for four weeks
during August and is currently running two six-day courses in book structures
for both residential
and non-residential students. 'Introduction to Book Structures – Experimental
and Traditional' offers the opportunity to explore a wide variety of
book forms, ranging from the simple to the experimental using unusual
materials as well as traditional ones. 'Book Structures – Intermediate
and Beyond' offers the chance to build on skills previously gained and
to work on individual projects.
T: 01803 847000 (Dartington Hall Reception
Tutor: Mary Bartlett
Regular two-hour classes in
ten-week terms organised independently of the college by Mary Bartlett
at the Dartington Craft Education
on the Dartington Hall estate. Afternoon and evening sessions
available. One-off day courses for groups can also be arranged. Contact
Bartlett for details.
Tutor: Megan Stallworthy
Workshops in traditional and contemporary book forms at arts centres and book festivals in Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.
Full details can be found on the website, with new workshops added throughout the year..
T: 01730 812432
Professional bookbinder working in
her own bindery. Personal tuition in bookbinding and book restoration
for one or more days by arrangement.
Contact Maureen Duke for details.
Tutor: Gavin Rookledge
The fascinating and ancient
craft of hand bookbinding and renovation. Learn simple procedures
on paperbacks leading to the
more skilled art of leather binding and gold leaf tooling. The
course allows for individual artistic development. 28-week course, Tuesday
Tutors: George Mottram (Course Leader) or Damian Breen
The course is broken down into one year sections
spread over a five-year period. You can take just a one year course and
qualification. Part-time Professional Development Diploma in bookbinding
crafts. Courses are held for three hours a week in the daytime
or evening for mixed ability students. After completion of the 'Introduction
Bookbinding' course, students can choose from four of the following
options: 'Book Restoration' (Parts 1 and 2), 'Fine Leather Binding'
(Parts 1 and
2), 'Box-making', 'Paper Marbling' and 'Calligraphy'. Contact George
Mottram or Damian Breen for further details.
Tutors: Gene Mahon and Chris Damp
Three terms of part-time day and evening classes
in bookbinding for both beginners and more advanced students. Beginners
are introduced to the make-up of the book and given a grounding in basic
hand bookbinding techniques. Advanced students are encouraged to develop
their technical abilities, to work with the full range of materials,
including leather and vellum, to try new structures and to develop their
design skills and apply them to the book. Tuition is by individual attention.
From September 2007 classes will move to a newly built, purpose designed
Creative Arts Centre in East Finchley.
The workshops are offered to experienced bookbinders but have also proved popular with beginners, as well as with photographers, artists, or anyone involved with books who is interested in an approach other than the strictly traditional.
All materials are included, and tool kits are available if you haven't got your own.
Enrolment is limited to 8 students.
Tutor: Nick Cowlishaw
Three terms of part-time day
and evening classes catering for all abilities and interests. Beginners
are offered the formal 'textbook' course, a
sound basis for advancing into design, conservation, historical and other
related skills. Intermediate and advanced classes cater for more experienced
students to develop their skills in fine leather binding, box-making,
gold finishing and book repair. All tuition is tailored to individual
Gold Tooling (intermediate/advanced)
Tutors: Mike Brunwin, Ken Olney, Terry Buckley, Howard Melrose
The London College of Communication offers a range of courses leading to a BA (Hons) degree and various graduate certificates in book arts and crafts and craft bookbinding.
Undergraduate courses includes a three-year BA course in Book Arts and Crafts. Graduite Certificates in Bookbinding and Book Restoration and Book Arts and Crafts. Graduate certificates are a range of new courses at the LCC. These courses are specifically designed for students who already have a first degree and wish to progress to a post-graduate course but need a bridging programme to build confidence and skills, or alternatively wish to pursue a more specialist or intensive skills course in an area related to your first degree. This programme aims to prepare students for career opportunities within freelance practice in binding and repairing books, and in other areas of book production. Opportunities also exist for students to set and run their own bindery or work in libraries or as a book archival or restoration specialist. Although a highly specialised area of craft practice there is evidence of growing need for practitioners in book and archive restoration and storage. There are also career opportunities in teaching and for progression to post-graduate study. Contact Mike Brunwin for further information on these courses.
Part-time evening courses
of approximately fourteen weeks duration are also held throughout the
year on various aspects of bookbinding
arts. Subjects include 'Introduction to Craft Bookbinding', 'Intermediate
Craft Bookbinding', 'Advanced Craft Bookbinding', 'Introduction to Creative
Bookbinding', 'Conservation Binding Techniques', 'Conservation of Library
Materials' and 'Historical Binding Structures'.
T: 020 7514 6302
Tutors: Full-time staff and visiting teachers
Camberwell offers a range of full-time and part-time courses in Conservation and Book Arts, but there is no structured course devoted to the craft of bookbinding as such.
Book Arts (PgDip and MA Courses)
PgDip and MA Courses)
Course Director (BA (Hons) Conservation): Corinne
(MA/PG Dip Conservation): Mark Sandy
Tutor: Peter Brown
Three terms of part-time evening
classes for mixed abilities. Beginners learn modern and traditional
a variety of materials. More advanced students progress
to full leather
and book restoration according to individual interests.
T: 020 8547 6875 (General Enquiries)
Tutor: Sarah Grosvenor
Two terms of part-time day
and evening classes offering bookbinding and book repair workshops
for all levels of ability.
Tutor: Linda Harris
Three terms of part-time classes
structured around demonstrations, advice and individual tuition.
All levels of experience
are catered for and
the emphasis is on traditional craftsmanship
A wide variety of tuition is available offering beginner’s bookbinding courses and also paper making, box making and fine binding techniques.
Full details are available on the website.
T: +44 (0)20 7831 1462
Three terms of part-time classes on Tuesday afternoons.Open to all levels of student, offering class and individual tuition.
The class is arranged with the students sharing the modest costs. The current venue is at World’s End in Chelsea. If you are interested in joining please do get in touch with the organizer, Rosemary Jeffreys.
T: 020 7837 9980
Tutor: Midori Kunikata-Cockram
Full details for April-June 2016 here (PDF).
t: 0207 353 3331
A range of open studio sessions, short courses, contemporary practices and specialist workshops.
Studio 5 has a one year structured course in bookbinding
from case binding through to full leather work.
T: 020 8881 0881 (Workshop)
Professional bookbinder offering individual
tuition in bookbinding and book restoration,
and day workshops.
Davies for details.
T: 01263 734779
Tutor: Judith Ellis
One and two-day courses.
T: Ian Ross on 01865 793083
Tutors: Ian Ross
These non-vocational classes provide an introduction to bookbinding, examining the techniques, materials and equipment needed to bind and repair books. Traditional methods are considered in conjunction with practical alternatives. Students will achieve an understanding of the requirements and processes involved in producing clean, neat, basic work. Students work at their own pace and are individually tutored.
Green's Books, Drayton House Court, Drayton St Leonard, Oxford OX10 7BG
Please see the website or contact Arthur for full detials:
• Residential or non-residential five-day Basic,
Refresher / Repair & Leather Courses
Contact: Rosie Ward-Allen
The Grange specialises in offering a range of courses focused around the traditional skills of making a book. In 2016 it is offering four courses in Bookbinding, four in Letterpress Printing and two in Paper Marbling. There are also courses in linocut printmaking and art.
The residential courses are held in a beautiful Georgian country house, with a fully equipped bindery and print room.
Bookbinding Courses 2016 (with either Chris Rowlatt or Glenn Malkin)
The Letterpress Printing courses, with Ken Burnley and Jon Ward-Allen, run on the same dates as the bookbinding.
Paper Marbling Courses 2016 with Jill Sellars
There is also a Book Day on Saturday 25th June, open to all, during which there will be demonstrations of various skills and a chance to meet out tutors and to stock up with supplies from the suppliers attending.
Course Tutor: Angela Sutton
T: 0141 332 9969 (Ext. 4413 Jim Vallance)
Course Tutor: Jim Vallance
One year full-time Higher National Certificate course in Fine Bookbinding. The course includes fine bookbinding, book repair skills, case binding, finishing and blocking techniques, gilding, science and materials, bookbinding design, protection methods, information technology, marbling and edge decoration and printing production processes. Students can continue to study for a Higher National Diploma in Print Media Management for a second year, with the possible progression to the third year of a degree course at the university.
Part-time classes are also offered in bookbinding.
For information on evening and Saturday morning classes contact the
0141 566 4150.
T: 07970 680112
Course Directors: Tony and Sue Dawkins
Residential and non-residential weekend courses,
suitable for beginners, in craft bookbinding and making simple creative
Bookbinding Tutors for Short Courses: Various visiting teachers
Short Courses: Residential and non-residential weekend and week-long courses in contemporary and traditional craft bookbinding and related subjects. Tutors are established practitioners and courses take place in well-equipped workshops and studios. Courses include 'Bookbinding for Beginners and for those with some Experience', 'Repairing Leather', 'Cloth-bound and Paperback Books', 'Handmade Books – Contents and Covers', 'Paper Marbling and an Introduction to Papier-Mâché Sculpture Techniques'.
For details of the current programme, ring General Enquiries on 01243 811301.
Full-time Book Conservation Courses: Full-time vocational one-year graduate and postgraduate diplomas in conservation of books and library materials, run by David Dorning at West Dean College. The graduate programme is for students entering book conservation after undergraduate study, or for those who wish to consolidate their existing experience in book conservation. The postgraduate programme is for students who have completed the graduate year, and who wish to study book conservation at a more advanced level. There is an option to extend the Postgraduate Diploma into a Masters Degree in Conservation studies. Students undertake extensive conservation work on books from institutional and private clients. The programmes also include practical bookbinding, the study of historical bookbindings, conservation science and materials culture, and visits to workshops and libraries. Entry follows successful completion of a practical test and interview.
For further details of these full-time courses contact David Dorning:
T: 01243 818239
One-off classes are scheduled each year, often
with tutors from overseas. Please visit the website to view the current
list of workshops.
Tutor: Lori Sauer
Approximately fifteen full-day
Saturday classes a year offered in bookbinding for mixed ability groups
(of up to ten people). Contact
Lori for further
T: 01672 851979 (Contact Alison
New Bookbinding Courses for 2009
Tutors: Shepherds Bindery Staff
T: 0113 297 6300 (General Enquiries)
Please contact the college for details.
Bookbinding courses for all abilities.
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