Maureen Duke Educational Award

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Applications are invited for the 2024 Award.

The Norie Trust is a small charitable trust based in the South West of England, which funds various projects, many of which are associated with literature and the arts, and also assists community-based projects which aim to improve the quality of people’s lives.

It created the Maureen Duke Educational Award to recognise the late Maureen Duke’s inspirational teaching and dedication to education and The Society of Bookbinders administers the award on behalf of the Trust.

The award is to assist professionals in the book field. As the Award was not made last year due to the entries not fulfilling all the criteria, the Trust has very generously offered the Society funds of £4,000.00 to be given in one Award this year.

The recipient of the award each year should be a bookbinder, book conservator, book restorer or book artist who is working professionally in the U.K. They should continue to work professionally, preferably in the U.K. and to teach and pass on their skills, both to individuals and groups.

The applicant will be required to email the following to

  • CV
  • A brief outline of the nature of study wishing to be undertaken, indicating how
    this will enhance their work and teaching, together with their plans for the
  • Full Breakdown of costs – fees, travel and subsistence
  • Images of work completed in the two years prior to application
  • Names, addresses and email of two referees.

The recipient will be required to write an account of their study and experience gained for others in the field.

The closing date for applications will be Friday 4th July 2024. It will then be considered by a panel of 3 and an announcement of the winning participant will be made at the AGM on the 15th August 2024.

The announcement will be posted on the Website, in the E Bulletin, and by notification to Regional Secretaries of SOB and the secretaries to Designer Bookbinders, The Society of Archivists, The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, and the Society of Scribes and Illuminators.