Peter Spain

I am Peter Spain, a book-binder based in North East London. I have been providing book-binding services to a wide variety of clients for over 20 years.

I am a full-time conservation binding professional and work mainly for Libraries and Institutions in the London area, looking after vintage collections and preparing individual items for display and exhibition. My area of special interest is in the development of trade binding throughout the hand press period and I am passionate about preserving our written history.

I am also concerned about the decline in training in traditional bookbinding skills and am glad to run Conservation and Restoration classes at City Lit for both beginners and experienced binders. I offer courses dealing with all aspects of repair to flat works and bound volumes in paper, cloth, leather and vellum.

I was first introduced to book-binding through a short course I attended at West Dean College where I had gone in the hope of learning how to repair some of the many old photo albums I had collected during my years working as a photographer.

I was immediately smitten and went on to train at the London College of Printing in the 1990s on the H.N.D. Craft Bookbinding Course, specialising in the repair and restoration of all styles of hand-bound and cloth-cased volumes.

Subsequently I went on to complete an Honours Degree in Conservation at Camberwell College of the Arts (lately University of Arts), working on both paper and photographic materials together with Palm Leaf Manuscripts, all of which featured in my final project.

Today, I continue to maximise my bench time and keep abreast of developments in conservation.

I am Peter Spain, a book-binder based in North East London. I have been providing book-binding services to a wide variety of clients for over 20 years.

I am a full-time conservation binding professional and work mainly for Libraries and Institutions in the London area, looking after vintage collections and preparing individual items for display and exhibition. My area of special interest is in the development of trade binding throughout the hand press period and I am passionate about preserving our written history.

I am also concerned about the decline in training in traditional bookbinding skills and am glad to run Conservation and Restoration classes at City Lit for both beginners and experienced binders. I offer courses dealing with all aspects of repair to flat works and bound volumes in paper, cloth, leather and vellum.

I was first introduced to book-binding through a short course I attended at West Dean College where I had gone in the hope of learning how to repair some of the many old photo albums I had collected during my years working as a photographer.

I was immediately smitten and went on to train at the London College of Printing in the 1990s on the H.N.D. Craft Bookbinding Course, specialising in the repair and restoration of all styles of hand-bound and cloth-cased volumes.

Subsequently I went on to complete an Honours Degree in Conservation at Camberwell College of the Arts (lately University of Arts), working on both paper and photographic materials together with Palm Leaf Manuscripts, all of which featured in my final project.

Today, I continue to maximise my bench time and keep abreast of developments in conservation.