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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.

Any registered delegates who have not yet received their joining instructions should contact the treasurer:

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 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. 




Update: 15th May 2015

We are very sorry that Pamela Spitzmueller has had to withdraw from the Conference for health reasons and will not, therefore, be participating as a speaker.

However, we are delighted that Gary Frost has agreed to take her place. Gary is an experienced conservator and teacher, and has made a particular study of mediaeval structures and how they can be used in conservation. More details can be found in the SPEAKERS section.


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

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.

There will be three speakers at any one time. Note that some speakers will be giving their presentation twice. 

Friday morning
Michael Burke, Martin Frost, Chris Hicks, Marianne Petersen, Chris Rowlatt.

Friday afternoon
George Boudalis, Sam Ellenport, Lizzie Neville, Dominic Riley, Gary Frost.

Friday evening
Graham Moss

Saturday morning
Sam Ellenport (2),  Sarah Jarrett Kerr, Trevor Lloyd, Gary Frost, Barbara Schmelzer.

Saturday afternoon
Guy Begbie, George Boudalis, Marysa de Veer, Martin Frost, Marianne Petersen.


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

    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

    Marysa was born in Holland and grew up in Nigeria, Kenya and Zaire. She was educated in England 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.

  • Gary Frost
    Reading by Hand - mobility and performance of historical book structures

    Gary Frost is an experienced teacher and lecturer in book conservation. He is the Conservator Emeritus of the Libraries of the University of Iowa and Adjunct Instructor in the Art Conservation program at Buffalo, New York. He has received the Banks/Harris Preservation Award of the American Library Association and the Life Time Achievement Award of the Guild of Book Workers. He holds a Master of Fine Art degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation.

    In the course of his work Gary has made a particular study of mediaeval book structures. He will discuss how they can be used in conservation practice, and also demonstrate their application in the field of book arts.

  • Martin Frost
    Life and Crimes of Foredge Painter

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • Graham Moss
    The Book, the Whole Book, and Nothing But…


    While teaching history, Graham became interested in the repair of Victorian cloth-bound books, for which he acquired a small press to print spine labels. This meant that he developed an interest in type faces and design, and he soon began to print stationery and cards for friends. He bought an Arab press and turned a shed behind the house into a print works, taking the name of the Press from its site in Incline Road. Since the early 1990s the Press has produced over fifty books, though it has since outgrown its original buildings and is now in Oldham town centre, with several more presses.

    Using books from his own Incline Press and others chosen from an extensive collection, Graham will talk about what makes a private press book, and how a private press is made.

  • Lizzie Neville
    Aerocotton and aerolinen: their different uses in book conservation

    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.

  • Dominic Riley
    The Play of Light on Leather and Gold

    Dominic’s bindings are known for their playfulness, use of colour, and innovative gold tooling. In his first session, Dominic will demonstrate various leather decorating techniques he uses in his work - some learned from others, some he has devised for himself - as well as his alternative approach to gold tooling which allows for a free-form approach to design. In the second session he will show examples of his bindings over the last ten years, made variously for collectors, exhibitions, competitions, libraries and Man Booker authors. He will show how each design grew from a response to the text and illustrations of the printed book, and explain the technical aspects of their execution.

    Dominic has created over sixty design bindings so far and these have won him eighteen prizes, including both first prizes and the Mansfield medal in the DB competition in 2007, and first prize in the Designer Bookbinders International Competition in 2013. His other time is spent restoring antiquarian books, lecturing, writing and teaching. He spends part of the year in California, teaching summer school with Michael Burke at the San Francisco Center for the Book, and with Michael runs their school Bookbinding in the Lakes. He is a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders and serves as Vice President of the Society of Bookbinders.

  • 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.

  • Barbara Schmelzer
    The Uses of a Small Rotary Tool in Bookbinding

    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.


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.

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 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 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.

Please note that, if you are registering after 30th June 2015, a late booking fee of £20 (or £10 per day for Day Delegates) will be added to the prices advertised below.

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.

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.

    The closing date for applications is 1st April 2015.
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

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.

The closing date for applications is 1st April 2015.

View/Download application form (PDF)

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 April 1st to:
Angela Sutton, Conference Organiser
30 Grundys Lane
WR14 4HS


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.

Please note that applications for Conference 2015 are now closed.

If you prefer not to register online (see below) bookings may be made by post, using the form which can be downloaded here, 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:

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.

Please note that, if you are registering after 30th June 2015, a late booking fee of £20 (or £10 per day for Day Delegates) will be added during checkout.

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

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