Society of Bookbinders > Conference

Many thanks to the delegates, speakers, suppliers, and of course, the organisers, for making this year’s Conference an informative, friendly and memorable event.

Please see below for updates or corrections to the speaker notes, plus links to photos and other memories from the Conference.


Please note that not all speakers’ notes are available to download at this time. 


Opening Speaker
Jonathan Bloom
Paper before Print

Glenn Malkin(UK)
Airbrushing for the artistically challenged

Glenn Bartley(UK)
A box lined with velvet

Edward Cheese  –  Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (UK)
Books, Libraries & Museum: Problems and Possibilities
for Book Conservation

Sün Evrard(France)
Conservation binding in stone veneer

Pascale Therond(France)
Gold Tooling a classical XVIIIth Century spine (demonstration)

Nesta Davies(UK)
Tacketed Bindings

Tine Noreille(Belgium)
Perfect Measuring, Cutting and Folding

To make Tine’s ‘Little Book of Happiness’ you will need to print out the Method below, and then ensure that you have enabled double-sided printing (or flip the paper once printing and feed through the printer again to create two double-side copies). For more instructions on how to print double-sided please see these instructions.

Tine’s Method


Sol Rebora(Argentina)
Reversible Stubs, a technical element useful for conservation
of the book and the binding

Cristina Balbiano D’Aramengo(Italy)
When printmaking, typography and bookbinding meet:
the backstage of limited art editions

Download Cristina’s Lecture (4Mb PDF)

Find our more about the work and companies mentioned in Cristina’s lecture below:


Peter Jones (UK)
Inlay, Onlay and Scarf jointing

Midori Kunikata Cockram(UK)
Sunago – the Japanese art of decorating paper with gold leaf

Lester Capon(UK)
Pierced vellum bindings and other works

The Suppliers’ Fair was  open on the Friday and Saturday, on the large 1st floor, balcony area. This year’s suppliers travelled from as far afield as Argentina, Portugal, and the Netherlands. You’ll find photos of some of the goods on display on our Instagram page.

Entries for the SoB International Bookbinding Competition 2019 were on display for the duration of the Conference. You can find more information on the competition, including a gallery of the winners, here.

Throughout the Conference there was a ‘silent auction’ running, where bidders for small items could write their bids on a bidding form. Larger items will be sold at the Live Auction after the Conference Dinner on Saturday evening. All items, including a bespoke Samuel Feinstein gold-tooled bow tie, were donated to the Society to raise money to support the Society’s educational activities. Again, you will find some photographs of some of the items on Instagram.