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The Society of Bookbinders Education & Training Conference 2015 will be held at Keele University from Thursday August 20th to Sunday August 23rd 2015.

Keele University is in Staffordshire, in central England, just twenty minutes’ drive from junctions 15 & 16 of the M6 motorway. There are direct rail links to Stoke-on-Trent from London, Manchester and Birmingham with a direct bus link to the campus.

The heart of the campus is historic Keele Hall, home of the Sneyd family until financial difficulties forced its sale in the mid-twentieth century. We will hold our Conference Dinner here on the Saturday evening and delegates arriving on Thursday afternoon will have the chance to tour the Hall.  The University has expanded, but there are plenty of green spaces and parkland for walks and recreation.  We will be using the Chancellor’s Building at the centre of the campus for our lectures, and the suppliers’ fair, the competition exhibition and the catering facilities will all be nearby in the same building.  There are shops and cash machines a short walk away, and there is plenty of car parking space (free with a permit). 

Online booking is available via the Register tab above.

JOINING INSTRUCTIONS
These will be sent out in June 2015, by email wherever possible. Last year this worked well, but one or two people did not receive theirs at the right time.  If you have not received yours by the end of June please contact the Conference Organiser.

CATERING
Meals will be taken in the Comus Restaurant in the Chancellor’s Building, near the lecture halls.  Le Café, in the same building, provides teas, coffees and sandwiches during the day and becomes a bar after 5pm, serving local bottled beers and other drinks. Real ale aficionados can find interesting local brews at the Sneyd Arms in Keele Village which is about half a mile from the accommodation, just outside the campus. 

All special diets can be catered for but please indicate your requirements clearly on the application form.

ACCOMMODATION
Accommodation will be in one of the halls of residence a few minutes’ walk from the Chancellor’s Building.  All rooms are single occupancy with en suite bathrooms, tea and coffee-making facilities, telephone and free internet access.

For the less mobile there are some rooms with full disabled access and suitable bathrooms; if you would like one of these please request it on the application form. For anyone who finds the walk to the Chancellor’s Building too far we hope to be able to run a shuttle bus from the accommodation to the Chancellor’s Building at busy times. However, there is car parking by the accommodation so it will be possible to drive there and back. 

FURTHER INFORMATION
www.keele.ac.uk

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PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

Thursday Afternoon

Please note that at this stage these are provisional and we cannot guarantee arrangements until nearer the time. However, we are planning to offer the following:

  • A tour of historic Keele Hall. This lasts about an hour and will take place twice during the afternoon.
  • A visit to a display in the University Library, which holds some rare and interesting books; items include De Fidei Sacramento by Hugh St Victor, a vellum-bound 13th century manuscript, and three volumes of finishing designs by G T Bagguley, a binder from Newcastle-under-Lyme.
  • A coach trip to the William Salt Library in Stafford where we hope that Richard Nichols, who was a speaker at our last Conference, will be able to show us round. (However, please note that a major reorganisation of the Staffordshire records is about to take place, and this may not be possible.)
  • Showing of a DVD.
  • Demonstrations of techniques.

For those who would like to make their own arrangements, there is a regular bus service from the campus to the centre of Stoke-on-Trent. The Museum (free entry) holds interesting collections of costumes and textiles, jade and ivory, a good collection of fine art and prints, and the best collection of Staffordshire ceramics in the world. The Museum also holds part of the Staffordshire Hoard, a find of beautiful Anglo-Saxon gold inlaid artefacts whose workmanship disproves the common belief that pre-Norman times were the Dark Ages, and a Spitfire aircraft.

Many of the historic potteries – Wedgwood, Moorcroft, Spode – are in or near the city centre and are open to visitors; some allow hands-on experience of the manufacturing process for a small charge. Brochures will be available at reception. There is more information at www.visitstoke.co.uk

Thursday Evening
The Society’s Annual General Meeting will take place at 6.00 pm on the Thursday. This will be followed immediately by the International Competition awards at approximately 7.00 pm and drinks and dinner will be from 7.30 onwards.

Friday / Saturday
Lectures and demonstrations will take place on the Friday and Saturday, and will all last one and a quarter hours. Morning sessions will be from 9.15-10.30 am and from 11.15 am to 12.30 pm; the afternoon sessions 2.00-3.15 pm and 4.00-5.15 pm. There will be three lectures / demonstrations taking place at any one time except on the Friday evening when there will be one lecture at 8.30pm.

SPEAKERS

  • Guy Begbie
    Non-Linear Narrative Page Structures Containing
    Extending Cut and Folded Sculptural Artefacts

    www.guybegbie.com



    Guy Begbie describes himself as an interdisciplinary artist/bookbinder. He is an associate art and design lecturer at UWE Bristol and runs his own independent bookbinding and book arts workshops.

    As an artist, he makes book works influenced by a core interest in parallels between bookbinding structures & architectural forms. In his practice, he works with traditional bindery materials and methodologies as well as drawing, printmaking, painting, typography, sculptural casting and filmmaking.

    In his presentation Guy will talk about and demonstrate his approach to making books that enable the viewer to be able to engage with both non-linear narrative and sculptural forms, constructed as the book is opened out and extended.

    The components of these books are made using hybrid page-structuring strategies, variations in paper stock, paper engineering and various bookbinding methodologies. These books can be viewed in a conventional manner, but will also expand for display in optional configurations as freestanding sculptural artefacts.


  • Giorgios Boudalis (Greece)
    Twined endbands in the bookbinding traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean



    Georgios works as a book and paper conservator at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki in Greece. He has worked in monastic libraries in Mount Athos and Sinai as well as in a number of smaller manuscript collections in Greece. In 2005 he completed his PhD on the evolution of Byzantine and post-Byzantine bookbinding and has published articles on issues of bookbinding history and manuscript conservation. His main interests are the evolution of bookbinding structures and techniques in the Eastern Mediterranean and since 2006 he has been teaching courses on the history of Byzantine and related bookbindings both on a historical and practical basis.

    About the presentation Giorgios says:
    Twined – or woven – endbands, are one of the most interesting types of endband for a number of reasons:
    • they present a great variety of types, some of them extraordinarily complicated and decorative. Among the most interesting are the tablet woven endbands which have been recently identified;
    • they show how there was a transfer of techniques originally used in fabric making and embellishment to the endband;
    • they are commonly shared, in one variation or the other, by almost all the major bookbinding traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean basin, such as the Islamic, the Byzantine, the Armenian, the Georgian and the Syriac;
    • they are a good indication of the – up to a point – common provenance and evolution of all these traditions.

    The presentation will show all the major types and will propose a common classification and terminology based on structural features rather than ethnic and religious ones (e.g. avoiding terms like Islamic, Armenian etc). There will also be a practical demonstration of the tablet woven endbands made off the book and those more common ones made on the book.


  • Michael Burke
    The Binding of St Cuthbert’s Gospel



    Michael Burke studied bookbinding with Dominic Riley and paper conservation with Karen Zukor. He lives and works in the Lake District and teaches there and at workshops and events across the UK. He has taught for diverse book arts groups in the USA, including those in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle and Salt Lake City. In recent years he has taught at the Paper and Book Intensive, travelled to São Paulo to teach for the Brazilian group ABER, and in 2011 gave a presentation on Byzantine binding at the Seminar of the Guild of Bookworkers.

    Michael has a particular interest in researching the structures of ancient and medieval bindings. He recently gained a Master’s degree in the History of the Book at the University of London.

    The St Cuthbert Gospel, also known as the Stonyhurst Gospel, is a 7th-century pocket gospel book, written in Latin. It is the oldest known Western binding that survives and it is in remarkably good condition for its age. Michael will take the structure of the Gospel and give a practical demonstration of how the book is put together. Each stage will be shown: the board preparation, sewing, covering, endbands, board decoration, tooling and colouring. There will be illustrations of the making of the model binding and of the history of St Cuthbert himself and his Gospel.


  • Marysa de Veer
    The Business of Bookbinding
    www.otterbookbinding.com




    Marysa hails originally from Holland, and studied bookbinding with Maureen Duke at Guildford College. She worked briefly at Windsor Castle Royal Bindery and in 1993 set up her own business, Otter Bookbinding, where her clients include book collectors, genealogists and lovers of fine bindings. She teaches bookbinding in her own bindery and is also a part-time tutor at West Dean College.

    Marysa says that it has never been a better time to be a craft bookbinder. She will share her experience of running a bookbinding business and dispel the myth that there is not enough work to go round. Modern communication systems mean that far more people can be reached, both in the UK and worldwide, than ever before. Under Marysa’s spotlight will be photography, accounting, marketing and PR, specialisms, collaborations, technology, networking and selling. This information will help craft bookbinders of whatever level of business to start, develop and maintain their business.


  • Sam Ellenport (USA)
    Quality, Price and Speed: Pick Two



    Sam lives and works in the USA. For over thirty years he ran the Harcourt Bindery in Boston, where he produced a series of popular DVDs on bookbinding. He has been an active member of several guilds and societies promoting bookbinding and printing – he was chairman of the New England region of the Guild of Bookworkers and a President of the Boston Society of Printers – and he has published several books and articles on related subjects. He is passionate about the need for practical training while realising that this is now hard to come by, and looks forward to passing on to delegates some of his knowledge and experience. The presentation will focus on adapting proven historic production methods to the individual binder and small shop, showing how bookbinding techniques from the past can achieve both speed and quality.

    Sam Ellenport has just received the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014 from the US Guild of Bookworkers. This award is given for service to the profession of the book arts.


  • Martin Frost
    Life and Crimes of Foredge Painter
    www.foredgefrost.co.uk



    Martin has been hiding his secret water-colour paintings under the page edges of books for over forty years, and calculates that he has produced over 3,000. He works on all kinds of books in a variety of styles, and these are held in collections in national, institute, college and private libraries all over the world. He lectures and runs workshops in the UK and the USA and Canada.

    Martin will talk about the history and practice of the book-edge painting and will illustrate his talk with pictures and recent examples of his own work. He will also share his experiences about working for the antiquarian book trade in the 1980s -1990s.


  • Chris Hicks
    Imperfect Binding? Another Way of Binding Single Leaves
    www.book-binder.co.uk



    Chris ran his own bindery in Oxford for many years and now works in Castle Cary in Somerset. His interest in books started when he was a librarian at school, and he has been involved in books in one way and another all his working life. Starting as a bookseller he took up binding in 1963 as a hobby and it soon became his full-time occupation. For many years he ran a small private press, setting, printing and binding small books by hand, and he was Secretary of the Printing Historical Society for fifteen years. He has also worked on local history publishing projects in Oxford and Castle Cary.

    Binders now have to cope with volumes made up of single leaves where the section backs have been cut off and the pages glued in the manner known as ‘perfect’ (after the 1950s American ‘Perfect’ binding machine). There are many methods, and Chris will demonstrate some ideas and suggestions for dealing with specific problems, such as how to manage leaves from glossy magazines.


  • Sarah Jarrett-Kerr
    Fuss-free Clam-Shell Boxes
    www.jarrett-kerrbindery.co.uk



    Sarah’s interest in bookbinding started when she did an art course in Florence. This was developed at the Camberwell School of Art and Crafts (at the same time as another speaker and the Conference organiser!), and at the British School in Rome. The late Sally Lou Smith and other senior designer binders were her mentors. She has always worked in her own studio to commission, with a concentration on ‘one-off’ bindings. She is a member of the Guild of Devon Craftsmen and has exhibited in various galleries throughout the UK.

    Sarah says: ‘ My continued personal development has always been with the aim of aligning technical excellence with design creativity. In constructing books and boxes my three guiding principles have always been care, accuracy and neatness. For my designs colour is my starting point. It is what fires me up to start thinking about the binding as a whole. I then concentrate on thinking through the construction including the box or slipcase. I often find that making a suitable box helps to draw design and structure together and provides closure for the whole project.’
    Sarah will give a short presentation of boxes she has made, and then show how to make a clam-shell box with various ideas for using cloth and paper coverings.


  • Trevor Lloyd
    The Finishing Touch
    www.trevorlloyd.co.uk



    Trevor has been a professional binder for over thirty-five years. After having been introduced to the craft while at college in the mid-1970s, he worked in several binderies in York and then for Sangorski & Sutcliffe in London. (They were one of the last of the great bookbinding companies and were responsible for some spectacular tooled bindings including ‘The Great Omar’.) Trevor now runs a well-established bindery in Ludlow where he specialises in restoration, retrospective bindings and traditional gold finishing. His clients come from all over the world.

    He says: ‘Full Morocco bindings were for nearly one hundred years the staple work of most trade binderies. At their best they were a testament to the consummate skills of both the forwarders and the finishers. As this style and quality of binding seems to have fallen out of favour and is only now carried out in a handful of binderies so sadly the skills that went with it are being lost.’ The presentation will cover all the different aspects of tooling a full Morocco binding with inner gilt dentelles, board edges, headcaps, boards and a panelled spine. Trevor will emphasise the need for a holistic approach: gold finishing must start with the choice of the right materials and good forwarding.

    This is a rare chance to see a traditional gold finisher in action. Trevor’s skill in this is legendary, and he applies and works the gold with the seemingly effortless ease of the supreme craftsman.


  • Marianne Lund Petersen (Denmark)
    The Facsimile of the Kiel Treaty of 1814
    www.kb.dk



    Marianne started learning bookbinding in 1975 and studied conservation at the Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, in 1977. She worked as a bookbinder and conservator at various institutions, and is now a conservator in the Preservation Department of the Royal Library in Copenhagen. She has worked extensively on mediaeval materials such as parchment and wax seals and on the bindings and maps in the collections and for many years she has been researching wax seals in the Nordic countries. She is an experienced teacher of classes and workshops in colleges and other institutions.

    The Kiel Treaty of January 14th 1814 was the agreement that gave Norway its independence. To mark the 200th anniversary of this momentous event the Norwegian government wished to have a facsimile copy made of the original treaty and asked the Royal Library in Copenhagen to undertake it. The work required cooperation between several different craftsmen: parchment maker, calligrapher, silversmith, tassel maker, bookbinder and others. The illustrated presentation will be a description of the processes used to make this facsimile.


  • Lizzie Neville
    Aerocotton and aerolinen: their different uses in book conservation
    www.pzconservation.org.uk



    Lizzie has worked as a book conservator for thirty years, interspersed with periods of teaching on the postgraduate and MA conservation courses at Camberwell and West Dean Colleges. Lizzie’s conservation studio is now in Penzance, Cornwall, where she also supervises a Heritage Lottery-funded programme to provide work-based traineeships in book and archive conservation.

    Developed for use in the aviation industry Aerocotton and Aerolinen are now used extensively by book conservators. They are multi-purpose fabrics which can be used structurally as spine liners to reattach boards, coloured for use as a rebacking material or lined for making chemises and wrappers. Lizzie will give an overview of the different applications and then demonstrate how to size and colour these cloths and construct a book chemise.


  • Christopher Rowlatt
    Marbling: Technique, Tradition and Innovation



    Christopher is a qualified teacher and spent many years working in state education. He taught himself the art of paper marbling, and in 1990 he and his wife Marion moved to Presteigne in Powys to run his marbling and book conservation business. He is well known for his individual marbling designs which have been used by several of the private presses – Incline, Ithys, Medlar, Whittington and many others – and the Folio Society. He was a tutor at West Dean College, the Oxford Summer School and Westhope College until he retired in 2013, and he still teaches at The Grange in Shropshire.

    Christopher says: ‘This is not a lecture on the good and bad practices in marbling, because there aren’t such things. There may be slovenly and slapdash techniques that give fabulous effects as well as disastrous outcomes, and “correct” methods that produce uninteresting results as well as breathtaking originality. Tradition is important but if bookbinding is to progress into the twenty-second century all these techniques should be given a chance to metamorphose into something beyond the computer.’ He will demonstrate his methods and techniques and also show how to marble the edges of a book.


  • David Sellars
    Designing for a Deadline
    www.davidsellarsbookbinder.com



    David started bookbinding at the age of fifteen in a traditional apprenticeship, doing day release at Bradford College of Art and Leeds College of Technology. Finding that the artistic side of bookbinding was the most interesting he moved to London and studied full time at Camberwell College of Art and Crafts and with Sally Lou Smith, whose work he particularly admired. Alongside bookbinding he also learnt chemistry for conservation and restoration and he achieved the first Distinction ever given on the bookbinding and conservation course.

    After that most of his work took place in his own studio, but he also taught the full-time students at Camberwell as well as adult education classes at colleges all over London and at Brighton Polytechnic. During this time he was approached by The Royal College of Art to run the bookbinding department as Technical Instructor teaching MA students. He has taught master classes in Europe, Canada, and North and South America, and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Fine Art on the Book Works course at Oxford Brookes University.

    He was awarded Fellowship of Designer Bookbinders in the mid-1970s and served as their President for four years.

    Since the end of the 1990s David has concentrated his teaching and designing work in his studio in West Yorkshire. Here he creates design bindings to commission, special designs for limited editions for small presses and publishers, one-off commissions for authors and special presentation bindings for publishers, as well as giving individual tuition at all levels. His work is represented in most major libraries in the world and many private collections.

    David says: ‘Design techniques include the traditional such as inlaid and onlaid leathers but also can embrace current technology and contemporary structures.

    I teach my personal approach to the assessment and appreciation of a given text. A book has such a multi-faceted presence many factors can influence the way in which the design for a binding is achieved visually…. Excitement, surprise and mystery are the most important aspects of binding design for me.’

  • Barbara Schmelzer
    The Uses of a Small Rotary Tool in Bookbinding
    www.barbaraschmelzer.com.au



    Barbara studied bookbinding at the Buchbinder-Colleg in Stuttgart, Germany, and trained to become a Master Bookbinder in Munich in 2007. She has two decades of binding experience, running her own bindery first in Wellington, New Zealand, and now in Sydney, Australia, where she lives. She gained internships at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the British Library so as to acquire book conservation skills, and restoration forms a substantial part of her work. Her clients include advertising and design companies, photographers and artists, book collectors and dealers, institutions and bibliophiles and her work can be found in the National Libraries of New Zealand and Australia. She won First Prize in the case-binding category in the SOB Bookbinding Competition in 2013.

    Barbara finds the small electric rotary tool, with its different heads, extraordinarily useful. The obvious application is sanding, but besides this she uses it for routing, (making the channels to accommodate leather thongs in wooden boards), cleaning and polishing metal (useful for clasps), cutting wood, metal and plastics for various binding structures, and sharpening tools. It can also be used to create contemporary designs on wooden and acrylic boards as well as rounding and chamfering them.

  • Pamela Spitzmueller
    Girdle Bindings



    Pamela first came across conservation when an art history professor took the Museology undergraduate class to the Art Institute of Chicago on a behind-the-scenes tour that included the paintings conservation lab. Keith Smith was teaching at the School of Art Institute and came to show the class his artists’ books and some of Gary Frost’s historical structure bindings. This inspired Pam to make her first photo book.

    She then attended Gary’s night class, ‘Bookbinding for Artists’, and on Gary’s advice applied to work in the bindery of the Newberry Library in Chicago where he was a rare book conservator. The library paid for her to study with William Anthony, and she also gained an internship at Yale under Jane Greenfield and Gay Walker and at the Library of Congress Conservation Laboratory. She worked for both these universities for some years, and continued her studies, becoming interested in atlas structures and historic binding styles. When Bill Anthony, who had set up a conservation lab and apprenticeship programme at the University of Iowa, died unexpectedly she took over his job there, teaching hand-bookbinding and eventually becoming a co-director. Her final move was to Harvard where she became Chief Conservator of a moribund department which by the time of her retirement in 2013 had grown hugely and employed fourteen staff.

    Though seen not infrequently in mediaeval paintings and sculptures, only about twenty-three intact girdle bindings survive. Structurally, the girdle binding can be defined as a binding with a long extension, usually at the tail, that ends in a knot, a hook or extra material that would have been fastened to a girdle or belt. There are two covering styles: the material forming the extension may be the only covering material over the boards (called the Turned-In version) or there may be a complete binding underneath so that the outer cover is a kind of overcoat (the Full Flap with Pockets). 

    When held by the knot, the book appears to be upside down. When attached to the belt and opened, it is ready for reading.

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BOOKBINDING COMPETITION
This is now a well-established major event in the bookbinder’s calendar; in 2013 there were ninety-two entries from sixteen countries. All entries for 2015 will be on display at the Conference near the lecture halls. Prize-winners will be announced on the Thursday evening immediately following the AGM and their bindings will form a touring exhibition later in the year. For more details please see the competition section of the website or contact the Competition Organisers. The closing date for registration is 29th May 2015 and entries must be sent in by 26th June.

SUPPLIERS' FAIR
This is an excellent opportunity to talk to our knowledgeable and helpful suppliers who will often have special offers and discounts available. The Fair will be near the lecture halls and will be open from 10am on the Friday until the end of Saturday afternoon.

Keele University is situated in the centre of the UK with excellent transport links.

By car:
Keele campus is about twenty minutes’ drive from the M6 motorway (junctions 15 or 16), and is well signed. Parking is free on the campus (with a permit).

By rail:
Stoke-on-Trent (five miles) and Crewe (twelve miles) are both served by main lines from London, Birmingham and Manchester. London is less than two hours’ journey away. There is a regular bus service (No. 25) from just outside the railway stations on to the campus. For train timetables see www.nationalrail.co.uk. Tel. 08457 484950; from overseas +44 (0) 207 278 5240.

By coach:
National Express coaches run to Newcastle-under-Lyme where there is a connection for the regular bus service to Keele. See www.nationalexpress.com. Tel. 08717 818178

By air:
Manchester airport is thirty-five miles from Keele. Trains run frequently from the airport to Manchester Piccadilly station where there is a regular train service to Stoke-on-Trent railway station. National Express operates a direct service eight times a day from the airport to Stoke-on-Trent (Hanley bus station), where there is a connection for the No. 25 bus to Keele.

Birmingham, Liverpool and East Midlands airports are also within reasonable distance.

Full Delegate:

We have managed to keep the cost increase to a minimum; rates are as follows:

  • Members: £370
  • Non-members: £410

This price covers accommodation for the three nights and all meals from dinner on Thursday until breakfast on the Sunday, including the formal Conference Dinner on Saturday evening.

Day Delegates:

  • Members: £115 per day
  • Non-members: £135 per day

This includes tea, coffee and lunch, but not breakfast or dinner.

Day delegates, and suppliers or family members, are welcome to attend the Conference Dinner on the Saturday evening at a cost of £38.

Non-members registering as full delegates or day delegates on both days will become Society members from the date of their payment until the end of 2015. They will receive all SoB newsletters and the journal BOOKBINDER, and will be able to join in all their region’s activities.

BURSARIES
Several bursaries are available:

  1. The Gordon Hartley Memorial Fund: full bursary with a preference for a mature person wishing to change career to full-time bookbinding ( details here ).
  2. Conference 2015 Bursary: full bursary for a young binder who will be expected to help at the Conference ( details here ).
  3. Regional bursaries. These are offered from time to time as circumstances allow. If you are interested please apply to the Chairman of your regional branch who will be able to tell you if a bursary is available.
There are also external organisations that can help students in training but their requirements can change from year to year, and possible applicants should do their own research on this.

Gordon Hartley

THE GORDON HARTLEY MEMORIAL FUND
Gordon Hartley, Chairman of the Society of Bookbinders for several years until his death in November 2007, had been a teacher for most of his working life. When he died he had recently retired from teaching but was intending to make bookbinding his second career. With this in mind, the Society has decided that if there are two or more equally qualified applicants for the bursary more mature people making a similar career change to Gordon should have preference. However, this should not deter younger applicants, as the award will be made on merit. When applicants are considered some preference will also be given to Society members, but again merit will be the main criterion.

The Conference lasts two full days and consists of a series of lectures and demonstrations by internationally recognised practitioners of bookbinding. These are highly instructive, and the nature of the Conference means that it is possible to talk to the lecturers and to other bookbinders, which can be very encouraging to someone who is usually working alone. There is also a suppliers’ fair, with leather, paper, tools and books for sale.

There is no means test, as the purpose of this award is to encourage newcomers to bookbinding. The award does not cover the cost of travel to the Conference.

Applicants should be students of bookbinding (not necessarily on a formal course) who are seriously thinking about taking up bookbinding as a career, even if they are not yet very experienced.

Students who are on a course, or have been recently, should should give their tutor’s name as a reference.

Applications will be considered in the first instance by a sub-committee of the Birmingham and Central Region and a short list will be forwarded to the national Council of the Society for a final decision.

Applicants will be expected to produce a short report on the Conference and their activities there.

View/Download application form (PDF)



CONFERENCE 2015 BURSARY
The Conference would like to offer a bursary to a young binder, from the UK or overseas, who may still be a student or starting their career and who would benefit from further training. If they are, or hope to be, in a position to pass on their knowledge to others through courses and workshops this would be an advantage.  The bursary will include a year’s membership of the Society.

The Conference lasts two full days and consists of lectures and demonstrations by internationally-recognised practitioners of bookbinding. It is possible to talk to the lecturers and to other binders, which can be very encouraging.  There is a suppliers’ fair with leather, paper, tools and books for sale, often at reduced prices.
 
The bursary will cover board, lodging, and all Conference events, but not the costs of travel to the Conference venue.  The Society will expect the successful applicant to write a report on their experience at the Conference.  The organisers may ask the applicant to assist with the running of the Conference but in such a way that the applicant can attend all the lectures that they wish to. 

Potential applicants should either download an application form from this website or request an application form from the Conference Organiser, by post at the address below or by email.  Applications will be considered by the Conference committee and a short list forwarded to the Council for a final decision.

View/Download application form (PDF)

Applications should be sent in by March 1st to:
Angela Sutton, Conference Organiser
30 Grundys Lane
Malvern
Worcs
WR14 4HS

conf.organiser@societyofbookbinders.com

 



THE DON DUNBAR CONFERENCE BURSARY
Thanks to the generosity of the family of the late Don Dunbar, the Birmingham and Central Region of the Society of Bookbinders would like to offer a bursary to a suitable applicant, at any stage of their career, who is prevented by financial considerations from attending the Society’s Conference. The bursary will cover board, lodging, and all Conference events, but not the costs of travel to the Conference venue. The successful applicant will be expected to write a report on their experience at the Conference. 

Full details can be found here.

REGISTER BY POST
If you prefer not to register online (see below) bookings may be made by post, using the form which can be downloaded here from the Society’s website, with payment by cheque or credit card. Postal bookings may be secured with a deposit of £100 if made before January 31st 2015, with the balance of £270 or £310 payable by April 30th. After January 31st the full amount will be payable on booking.

Overseas delegates, and those who have travelled a long way, may like to stay at the University for one or more nights before or after the Conference. Spouses, partners or friends who would like to accompany delegates during the Conference but who do not wish to attend the lectures may book dinner, bed and breakfast. If you would like to book extra nights please contact the Conference Treasurer, Noel Carruthers, for information and a booking form: conf.treasurer@societyofbookbinders.com

ONLINE REGISTRATION
You can register for the Conference below. Payment is via PayPal but you do not need a PayPal account as all major credit cards are accepted.

Please ensure that you have read and understand all the information in the Pricing section (see tab above) before starting the registration process. SoB members will need to know their Membership Number.

When registration is complete, you will receive confirmation of your payment from PayPal. We will then contact you to get further information regarding your personal preferences and requirements.

If you have any questions about your registration, please email the Conference Treasurer.

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• • Please let us know whether or not you are a Society of Bookbinders member…


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