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 to follow.



It is with great sadness that we must inform members of the death of Liz Anderton. Although Liz was known to most in the Society as Liz Anderton, she was in fact Dermott Creece’s wife.

Sadly Liz has suffered ill health for many years and she passed away peacefully on Friday (24th April). The funeral is at St John the Evanglist Church, Bridgnorth on Wednesday 13th May at 11am.

Liz was a founding member and Chair of the Birmingham Region and served as a Regional Representative on Council for many years. She was also Joint Editor of Bookbinder for the 1995, 1996 and 1997 editions. Many of us will also remember the 1999 conference in Telford which Liz organized with Dermott.

Liz, in her lovely gentle way, did much for our Society and will be missed by all who knew her.




It is with great sadness that we must inform members of the death of David Sellars, one of our foremost designer binders and a longstanding and staunch supporter of the Society. He died yesterday (20th January) after a short illness, aged 65.

David taught and mentored many bookbinders during his career and was a regular lecturer and demonstrator at both regional and national SoB events. Also a longstanding Fellow and past President of Designer Bookbinders, he was a frequent contributor to the journals of both societies.

He was an inpirational figure for countless bookbinders and will be sorely missed.



The Maureen Duke Educational Award 2015
Full details of how to apply for the award – funded by The Norie Trust and worth £2000 – can be found here.



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.


Conference 2015

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

There will be lectures and demonstrations on: gold tooling; book arts; paper marbling; techniques; boxes and much more.

Full details plus online booking available here.