UK Courses

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.

The listing of any institution, organisation or individual should not be regarded as constituting any form of ratification or endorsement by Designer Bookbinders.



Missenden Abbey, Continuing Education Department, The Misbourne Centre, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire. HP16 0BN

T: 01494 890204
F: 01494 890087

Curriculum Co-ordinator: Rosa Maria Welsh
Tutor: Heather Power

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.



Dominic Riley and Michael Burke, Low Wood House, Low Wood, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 8LY

t: 015395 31161

The Nag Hammadi Codex - February 7 – 9
Slipcase & All-in-One Box - March 8 & 9
Library Style Binding - April 12 & 13
Restoration of Leather Bindings - May 1 – 4
Byzantine Binding - June 5 – 8

Full details on the website

t: 015395 31161



Dartington Hall, Dartington Craft Education Centre, The Old Postern, Dartington, Totnes. TQ9 6EA

T: 01803 847000 (Dartington Hall Reception Office)
T: 01803 865371 (Mary Bartlett s Private No.)

Tutor: Mary Bartlett

Regular two-hour classes in ten-week terms organised independently of the college by Mary Bartlett at the Dartington Craft Education Centre on the Dartington Hall estate. Afternoon and evening sessions available. One-off day courses for groups can also be arranged. Contact Mary Bartlett for details.

Perfect Bindings

T: 07582 783965

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..



Maureen Duke, Fernbank, Trotton, Petersfield, Hampshire. GU31 5ER

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.



Sidcup Arts and Adult Education Centre, Alma Road, Sidcup, Kent. DA14 4ED

T: 020 8300 1056
F: 020 8269 8992

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 evenings.



The Institute (The Hampstead Garden Suburb Institute),
11 High Road, East Finchley, London, N2 8LL

T: 020 8829 4141
F: 020 8829 4131

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.

London Centre for Book Arts
Unit 18, Ground Floor, Britannia Works, Dace Road, Fish Island, London E3 2NQ

Bookbinding Structure with Ben Elbel
This series of short courses explores alternative ways of constructing and designing books, resulting from Benjamin's extensive research and experience in the field.

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.

Further details:

Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London. SE1 7HT

T: 020 7928 8501
F: 020 7928 4074

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 requirements.

The City Literary Institute, Keeley Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 4BA
The City Lit runs the widest selection of bookbinding courses in London. For further information on any of the courses below - and to read the course outline - see the prospectus on the website.

Gold Tooling (intermediate/advanced)
20th Feb - 27th March (Fridays, 10.30 - 4.30)
Tutor: Tracey Rowledge
Details here

T: 020 7492 2700 (Visual Arts Dept.)
T: 020 7831 7831 (enrolment)

University of the Arts London, London College of Communication, School of Printing & Publishing, Elephant and Castle, London. SE11 6SB

T: 020 7514 6500 (Ex. 6660) (Mike Brunwin)
F: 020 7514 6772

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 and book 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'.

The London Institute, Camberwell College of Art, Peckham Road, London. SE5 8UF

T: 020 7514 6302
F: 020 7514 6310

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)
Full-time and part-time postgraduate courses in Book Arts. In the PgDip course which runs for thirty weeks full-time, students develop skills in areas such as printmaking, reprographics and computers and have the opportunity to investigate narrative structures, image, text and how they relate and carry meaning. The MA courses which runs for one year full-time or two years part-time offers the opportunity to sustain and develop a project from proposal to final exhibition.

Conservation (BA, PgDip and MA Courses)
Full-time and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate Conservation courses in organic and paper-based materials including photographs, books, works of art on paper and archival material. Basic bookbinding, box-making and book conservation techniques are taught as part of these courses. The BA course runs for three years full-time, the PgDip for thirty weeks full-time and the MA course for one year full-time or two years part-time.

Course Director (BA (Hons) Conservation): Corinne Hillman
T: 020 7514 6424

Course Director (MA/PG Dip Conservation): Mark Sandy
T: 020 7514 6433

Greenwich Community Centre, Gordon School, Craigton Road, Eltham, London. SE9 1QG

T: 020 8850 9392
F: 020 8850 7097

Tutor: Peter Brown

Three terms of part-time evening classes for mixed abilities. Beginners learn modern and traditional hand bookbinding techniques using a variety of materials. More advanced students progress to full leather binding and book restoration according to individual interests.

Kingston Adult Education, King Charles Centre, King Charles Road, Surbiton. KT5 9AL

T: 020 8547 6875 (General Enquiries)
F: 020 8547 6874

Tutor: Sarah Grosvenor

Two terms of part-time day and evening classes offering bookbinding and book repair workshops for all levels of ability.

Richmond Adult Community College, Clifton Centre, Clifton Road, Twickenham. TW1 4LT

T: 020 8891 5907 (General Enquiries)
T: 020 8843 7921 (Course Enquiries)
F: 020 8332 6560

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 and quality.

Shepherds Falkiners, 76 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 4AR

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

South West London Bookbinding Class
The Salvation Army Hall, 16-18 Blantyre Street, London SW10 0DT

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
E: (organiser)

Tutor: Midori Kunikata-Cockram

St Bride Foundation, Bride Ln, Fleet St, London EC4Y 8EQ

Print Your Place in Fleet Street's History

Courese in Letterpress Printing, Bookbinding and Wood Engraving.

Full details for April-June 2016 here (PDF).

t: 0207 353 3331

Studio Five, First Floor, The Mews, 46-52 Church Road, Barnes, London, SW13 0DQ

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.
New for 2008: structured week courses in most aspects of bookbinding and book arts.

Please contact Mark Cockram:
T: 0208 563 2158

Nesta Davies, North London (nearest tube Wood Green)

T: 020 8881 0881 (Workshop)

Professional bookbinder offering individual tuition in bookbinding and book restoration, regular short courses and day workshops. Contact Nesta Davies for details.



The Book Studio, 14 Blofields Loke, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6ES

T: 01263 734779

Tutor: Judith Ellis

One and two-day courses.



Oxford Brookes University, School of Arts and Humanities, The Richard Hamilton Building, Hadington, Hill Campus, Oxford. OX3 0BP

T: Ian Ross on 01865 793083
T: General Enquiries 01865 484951

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.



The Grange, Grange Road, Ellesmere, Shropshire, SY12 9DE

Contact: Rosie Ward-Allen

T: 01691 623495

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)
17th - 20th March Beginners Bookbinding (sorry this is now full)
7th - 10th April - German Fine Paper (Edelpappband) Binding
7th - 10th July - Bookbinding Improvers
20th - 23rd October - Leather Quarter Binding

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
22nd - 24th April
23rd - 25th September

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.



Dillington House, Ilminster TA19 9DT

T:  01460 258 648

24th - 27th July
For complete beginners to more experienced binders.
Full details here

Course Tutor: Angela Sutton



Glasgow College of Building and Printing, 60 North Hanover Street, Glasgow. G1 2BP

T: 0141 332 9969 (Ext. 4413 Jim Vallance)
F: 0141 332 5170

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 Marketing Section on 0141 566 4150.



The Otter Bindery, Unit D7, West Entrance, Fairoaks Airport, Chertsey Road,
Chobham, Surrey, GU24 8HX

T: 07970 680112

Otter Bookbinding offer tuition for different levels of ability through the online order form on their website.
Individual tuition is also available.



The Old Rectory Adult Education College, Fittleworth, Pulborough, West Sussex. RH20 1HU

T/F: 01796 865306

Course Directors: Tony and Sue Dawkins
Tutor: Jan Pickett

Residential and non-residential weekend courses, suitable for beginners, in craft bookbinding and making simple creative books and boxes.

West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex. PO18 0QZ

T: 01243 811301 (General Enquiries)
F: 01243 811343

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



BINDING re:DEFINED, Beechingstoke, Wiltshire

T: 01672 851638

Tutors: various international tutors

Our workshops offer a solid grounding in alternative structures that are suitable for a wide variety of binding projects. They are elegant bindings of robust character and strength and can be used as a springboard for further adaptation. Some are born from historical models that have transposed themselves into a 21st century aesthetic and others are new developments by the tutors.

One-off classes are scheduled each year, often with tutors from overseas. Please visit the website to view the current list of workshops.

June 8-17
Dragon Press Bindery Highworth, Wiltshire

Book Camp offers four 2-day classes on various topics, and is designed for anyone working in the various book art fields or conservation who are keen to learn more about bookbinding.

Tuition will be given by the four founders of Book Camp at this purpose-built bindery set in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside. You are welcome to camp in the spacious grounds of the house, or stay in a local B&B.

The programme includes:
Limp Vellum Binding with Michael Burke
Edelpappband with Dieter Räder
Protective Leather Chemise with Philippa Räder
Library Style Binding with Dominic Riley

We will share all meals and enjoy informal presentations in the evening, followed by time around the camp fire. On the free day between classes we will visit places of special interest nearby. Fees will include tuition, all meals, detailed hand-outs and all materials.

For further details visit our website.

Salisbury Book Crafts, Harnham, Salisbury.

T: 01672 851638

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 details.

Shepherds Bookbinders, The Daffodil Barn, Nursery Farm, Woodborough, Wiltshire SN9 5PF

T: 01672 851979 (Contact Alison Strachan)

New Bookbinding Courses for 2009
Shepherds Bookbinders has established a new workshop, a converted barn in the village of Woodborough, where they will be running a series of Bookbinding Master Classes throughout the summer. Members of Designer Bookbinders can receive a 20% discount off published prices for these two day courses.

Tutors: Shepherds Bindery Staff



Green's Books Ltd., Unit 6, Cygnet Business Centre, Worcester Rd, Hanley Swan, Worcs WR8 0EA

A regular programme of workshops and events is held throughout the year. Workshops are in small groups and give step-by-step tuition in various bookbinding and conservation techniques. Workshops are held at the studio near Malvern and are led by Arthur, as well as occasional guest lecturers.

Upcoming Programme:
Springback Binding 10th-14th September (5 days), £475
Leather Paring 21st October, £95
Introduction to Bookbinding, 27th October, £95
Parchment Repair, 19th January, £100 (+£25 materials fee)

Open Studio sessions
These sessions are a chance to work on individual bookbinding and conservation projects with full use of the well-equipped studio. Supervision and guidance is on hand and sessions are tailored to fit your requirements. Regular sessions are held on Fridays, and monthly at weekends, please see the website for dates.

Please see the website or contact Arthur for full detials:

T: 07921457174



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