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The Society of Bookbinders' Education & Training Conference is held every other year and features lecturers and demonstrators from all over the world. As well as being a long-established and internationally reknowned educational event, the Conference is also a great social get-together and features a Trade Fair and an exhibition of the bindings submitted for the SoB's International Bookbinding Competition.


Trevor Lloyd expertly demonstrating gold tooling at Conference 2015

The next conference will be held in the summer of 2017. More details will be posted here at a later date.


 

Thursday  25th  August
12.30 - 18.00 Registration of Residential Delegates
13.30 - 17.30 Delegates may take one of the following excursions, which are free. Fuller descriptions of these excursions will be given in the joining instructions.
  • Birmingham Library & Museum
• Coughton Court National Trust House and Gardens
   • In addition there is a regular bus service from the University into Coventry
where delegates can visit the Cathedrals and attractions such as the Herbert
Art Gallery and the Transport Museum.
Notes on a walk and sites to see will be available
  For those not going on visits a series of sideshows are planned:
• Blocking Machine demonstration and Label Making Service
•DVD of Michael Wilcox’s Gold Finishing Demonstration at the
Rochester Institute of Technology USA in 2000
•Tool Sharpening demo by Dave Budd
• Photography Presentation: how best to photograph your bindings
• The Art of the Marbler: film made at Cockrells in the early 1970s
18.00 - 18.15 President's Welcome
18.15 - 19.45 National AGM
19.45 - 20.15 Reception sponsored by Harmatan, Hewits, P&S and Shepherds
20.15 Dinner followed by a free evening
 
Friday  26th  August
08.00 - 09.15 Registration of Day Delegates 
09.15 - 10.30 Mark Cockram
Alchemy of The Book
Pt. 1
Laura West
Library Style Half
Leather Binding
Daniel Kelm
Artists’ Books as Articulated Sculpture
10.30 - 11.15 Refreshments
11.15 - 12.30 Mark Cockram
Alchemy of The Book
Pt. 2
Kate Hore
Headbands
Jane Rutherston
A Brief Overview
of the History &
Conservation of Albums
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.15 Chris Hicks
Solander Cases –
Keeping It Practical
Clare Bryan
Scalpel Drawing Structures
Dominic Riley
The Art & Science of
Cloth Re-backing
Pt. 1
15.15 - 16.00 Refreshments
16.00 - 17.15 Annette Friedrich
Leather Joints
and Doublures
Cristina Balbiano
d’Aramengo

Challenging Concertinas
– a binding structure
with multiple applications
Dominic Riley
The Art & Science of
Cloth Re-backing
Pt. 2
17.15 - 19.15 Shopping Evening
19.15 - 20.30 Dinner
20.30 - 21.30 Jen Lindsay
STET: Let it Stand - a reflection on attitudes to the conservation of
books as artefacts, looking at affinities with other arts, such as painting,
architecture, ceramics and poetry.
 
Saturday  27th  August
08.00 - 09.15 Registration of Day Delegates 
09.15 - 10.30 Bill Tulloch
Springback Account
Book Bindings
Deborah Evetts
Decorative Edge
Treatments
Pt. 1
Jan Sobota
Binding with Double
or Triple Boards*
10.30 - 11.15 Refreshments
11.15 - 12.30 Maureen Duke
Binding Sheet Music
& Other Flat Material
Deborah Evetts
Decorative Edge
Treatments
Pt. 2
Jan Sobota
Box and Sculptural
Bindings on
Double/ Triple Boards*
12.30 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 15.15 Daniel Kelm
Artists’ Books as
Articulated Sculpture
Steve Orriss
& Doug Mitchell

Correcting Gold
& Foil Finishing on Bookcloth
Annette Friedrich
Leather Joints
and Doublures
15.15 - 16.00 Refreshments
16.00 - 17.15 Cristina Balbiano
d’Aramengo

Challenging Concertinas
– a binding structure
with multiple applications
Steve Orriss
& Doug Mitchell

Correcting Gold
& Foil Finishing on Bookcloth
Chris Hicks
Solander Cases –
Keeping It Practical
18.30 - 20.00 Competition Prizegiving & Pre-Dinner Drinks
20.00 Conference Dinner
21.30 Auction
*separate presentations
Sunday  28th  August
08.00 - 09.00 Breakfast
09.30 Delegates are requested to vacate their rooms by 9.30am
  Please note that this is a provisional programme and may be subject
to change due to circumstances beyond our control

SPEAKERS

  • Cristina Balbiano d’Aramengo (Italy)
    Challenging Concertinas
    A binding structure with multiple applications
    www.professionelibro.it

  • Clare Bryan
    Scalpel Drawing Structures
    See ‘The New Bookbinder’ vol. 30

  • Mark Cockram
    Alchemy of the Book
    www.markcockrambooks.co.uk

  • Maureen Duke
    Binding Sheet Music & Other Flat Material

  • Deborah Evetts (USA)
    Decorative Edge Treatments
    www.bookbinderonline.com

  • Annette Friedrich
    Leather Joints & Doublures

  • Chris Hicks
    Solander Boxes – My Way

  • Kate Hore
    Headbands

  • Daniel Kelm (USA)
    Artists’ Books as Articulated Sculpture
    www.GarageAnnexSchool.com

  • Jen Lindsay
    STET: Let it Stand
    A reflection on attitudes to the conservation of books as artefacts, looking at affinities with other arts, such as painting, architecture, ceramics and poetry.

  • Steve Orriss & Doug Mitchell (BL)
    Correcting Gold Finishing & Foil Finishing on Bookcloth

  • Dominic Riley
    The Art & Science of Cloth Re-backing

  • Jane Rutherston
    A Brief Overview of the History & Conservation of Albums
    www.vam.ac.uk

  • Jan Sobota (Czech Republic)
    Binding with Double or Triple Boards
    Box and Sculptural Bindings on Double/Triple Boards
    (separate presentations)
    www.jsobota.cz

  • Bill Tulloch
    Springback Account Book Bindings

  • Laura West
    Library Style Half Leather Binding
    www.laurawest.com


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In addition to our speakers, experienced binders will be on hand to offer advice to any delegates who care to bring along work-in-progress. For those not going on visits, we are also planning short demonstrations on the Thursday afternoon, including using a blocking press. It may be possible to offer a label-making service, subject to type, fonts and materials.

SUPPLIERS' FAIR
As in previous years, companies offering materials, tools and other equipment for bookbinding, conservation and related crafts will be an attraction for delegates. The fair will be situated in the Arts Centre, close to the main auditorium. Adequate time will be allowed for browsing and shopping. There will be a ‘crèche’ for purchases.

BOOKBINDING COMPETITION
Entries for the SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2011 will be on display and the winners of the various categories will be announced at the Conference Dinner. The last day for registration is 16th May, 2011 and entries must be in by 3rd June, 2011.

EXCURSIONS
Planned visits include a trip to the National Trust House at Coughton Court, where we hope to view a small collection of books, and for those of you who were disappointed last time, a return visit to Birmingham Library to view its collection. In addition there is a regular bus service from Warwick University into Coventry town centre where you can visit the cathedrals and transport museum free of charge.

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By car:
Coventry & Warwick University are easily accessible from the national motorway network (M6, M40, M42, M5, M69). The A45 and the A46 are the main arterial roads into the city and the region. Delegates receive free parking.

By air:
Birmingham International Airport is approximately 20 minutes by train from central Coventry
T: +44 (0)8445 766000
www.bhx.co.uk

By rail:
Coventry is on the Main West Coast Line and frequent trains run to and from London Euston station (journey time 1 hour 3 minutes). For further details please see:
National Rail Enquiry Service (24 hours)
T: +44 (0)8457 484950
www.nationalrail.co.uk

www.rail.co.uk
The railway station is 3 miles from the university so you will need to get a bus or taxi.

By coach:
National Express runs services to the region from all parts of the country; call their hotline for more information.
Booking Hotline T: +44 (0)8717 818178 www.nationalexpress.com
For information on getting around in the West Midlands by bus or train please contact:
T: +44 (0)871 200 2232
www.travelinemidlands.co.uk
www.networkwestmidlands.com


More detailed travel information will be provided with the joining instructions.

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Full Delegate:

  • Members: £350
  • Non-members: £390

This price includes 3 nights’ accommodation and all meals (including the Conference Dinner), tea and coffee from dinner on the Thursday evening until breakfast on the Sunday morning. All rooms are single occupancy and have en-suite bathrooms.

Day Delegates:

  • Members: £105 per day
  • Non-members: £125 per day

This includes lunch and tea/coffee but not dinner. The Conference Dinner on the Saturday evening is £35 extra.

Non-members who register as full delegates or as day delegates on both the Friday and the Saturday will receive SoB membership from the date of their payment until the end of 2011. They will receive all SoB Newsletters and the 2011 edition of BOOKBINDER.

BURSARIES
Some bursaries may be available via your local SoB Region. Please check with your regional commitee. For details of how to apply for a bursary via The Gordon Hartley Memorial Fund, please see the link above.

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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 obtain a reference from their tutor.

Applications will be considered in the first instance by the 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.

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CLOTHWORKERS FOUNDATION BURSARY
The Clothworkers’ Foundation has established a funding scheme to support continuing professional development via a bursary scheme in conservation. Awards of up to £1,000 are available to help qualified conservators attend events directly relevant to their discipline. These bursaries are available throughout the year subject to the availability of funding.

The Foundation are keen to promote this scheme within the industry and understand that the SoB Conference is an essential date in every conservator’s diary.

For more information, please visit the Clothworkers Foundation website.