Book conservation and repair: vellum-bound books

Learn to assess books and repair vellum-covered books including limp, semi-limp and boarded style. Work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather. Basic materials included. For those with some bookbinding experience.

This is a structured course for intermediate and advanced learners on the repair and conservation of vellum-bound books. We will examine different vellum structures and explore the options available for conservation of antiquarian material. You will also have the freedom to work on your own projects in paper, cloth or leather with support and guidance from the tutor.

The course covers repair and conservation of vellum-bound books to include limp, semi-limp and boarded structures. All aspects of  both cloth and leather bindings can be dealt with, as can the construction of portfolios, slip-cases and drop-back

By the end of this course you should be able to:

  • Assess and repair a vellum covered volume.
  • Construct appropriate enclosures for books and pamphlets.¿
  • Complete unfinished book repairs.¿
  • Demonstrate a greater understanding of how to approach and undertake successful repair and conservation of

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Book conservation and repair: leather-bound books

Learn paper repair including toning, lining and infilling, and the repair and conservation of tight and hollow-backed full, half or quarter leather-bindings. Ideal if you have some bookbinding experience.

Book conservation for beginners: 1

Understand the structure, collating and pulling of a book. Practise paper cleaning and repair. Learn how to re-sew a text-block, mend damaged corners and re-hinge boards.