London & South

London and South
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London & South

The London and South region was founded in 1980 and its area covers London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, South Oxfordshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

We are the largest Region, with the most members in the UK. We meet on a monthly basis in central London where there are good transport links to most parts of our Region. Please do check for planned engineering works on your route and let us know at the earliest opportunity if you are unable to make it; we are often oversubscribed and have a waiting list.

  • Practical Workshops are normally £20 for members and £25 for non-members (plus materials fee where required)
  • Visits, Demonstrations & Talks are normally £15 members and £20 for non-members
  • Christmas Meeting (includes Suppliers Fair plus a Buffet Lunch) is £10   
  • NB:Please check individual listings for exact cost of each event.

Please scroll down for news and announcements on our Noticeboard or check our Instagram page @societyofbookbinders.

This November we launch The Maureen Duke Regional Educational Bursary, which will fund a full delegate place (plus travel costs) to next year’s Educational & Training Seminar 2020. Please scroll down for full details, deadline 31st Jan 2020.



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Talitha Wachtelborn



Unless stated otherwise, events run from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm at the Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, NW1 8PH.

The pedestrian entrance is, through the gates, between 34 & 36 Kelly Street and at the rear of the building on Church Avenue (door on the left at the end of the alleyway) where there is limited car parking. Church Avenue is off Kentish Town Road near the corner with Prince of Wales Road.

Nearest Tube is Kentish Town on the Northern Line, turn left out of the Station and it’s a 5min walk along the High St.

There is also an Overground Station nearby, Kentish Town West less than 5min.

Venue is well served by several London Bus routes, 46, 134, 214, 393, C2.

The lively High St has many cafes and food shops but you are welcome to bring food in to the venue for your lunch. Teas & Coffee are available for a small donation.

Venue is Fully Accessible with ramps at both entrances with a lift and an accessible toilet on the ground floor. Please be aware though, that unfortunately, there are no automatic doors to enter.


Due to oversubscription, we run a lottery system to allocate places, like a virtual hat we pull names out of!

Submission of interest DOES NOT guarantee a place. Complete the form ONCE for each participant.

If more than one submission is received, the latest one will be counted.

Please make a note of your selections.

Payment will be due 20th January 2020.

If payment is not received after attempts to contact you, places will be given to those on the waiting list.

This system was introduced to accommodate as many people as possible and to reduce no shows, no notice given and non-payment.

Please contact Talitha Wachtelborn (email: if you have any queries.

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March 2020

Visit – Parliamentary Archives, Palace of Westminster

March 11 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, London, Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town
London, NW1 8PH United Kingdom
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Behind the scenes at the Parliamentary Archives: a one hour-long tour taking place in the Victoria Tower, comprising a visit to the Well and the opportunity to see one of the strong rooms and view some original documents from the collections (1 hour) followed by a visit to the Collection Care studios (1 hour).  £15 members, £20 non-members 

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Demonstration – Glenn Bartley: All About Endpapers

March 14 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, London, Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town
London, NW1 8PH United Kingdom
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Glenn will discuss and demonstrate, various techniques and styles for making endpapers, for a variety of styles of books to be covered in cloth, buckram and leather.  These include simple and ‘made’, cloth jointed, linen reinforced, stationary, and leather jointed with suede flyleaves will all be demonstrated and discussed. There will be particular emphasis on the function of the endpapers on how the book opens and the pitfalls to be avoided, and also the different techniques for ‘putting down’. Lots…

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April 2020

2 day Workshop – Mylyn McColl: Photo Album Fundamentals -Fun and Functional

April 18 @ 10:30 am - April 19 @ 3:30 pm
Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, London, Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town
London, NW1 8PH United Kingdom
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In this two day workshop Mylyn will share two different methods for preparing photo album text blocks as well as covering techniques to incorporate labels to personalise your hand made albums. The workshop will take place in the Large room on the 1st floor at Kelly Street.  Mylyn McColl has been working as a professional bookbinders for 15 years. She learnt the skill training in binderies across the UK and developed her fine binding skills studying with Mark Cockram and…

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Book Arts Day

April 25 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, London, Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town
London, NW1 8PH United Kingdom
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The main aim of the day is to increase the knowledge of Book Arts amongst members and to encourage dialogues, and collaborative networking between Artists, Printmakers, Poets and Bookbinders.  The day will comprise of an illustrated talk by Persian artist Batool Showghi.  Batool was born in Iran and moved to England in 1985, she is a multidisciplinary artist who has a passion for artists’ books and Book Arts. Her work moves between photography, illustration, painting and textiles evolving from single…

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May 2020

Workshop – Talitha Wachtelborn: Limp Vellum-Style Binding

May 16 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, London, Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town
London, NW1 8PH United Kingdom
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On this workshop you will learn how to make a limp vellum style binding. This structure mimics a vellum binding, but is made in conservation-grade materials. It is an easy and quick binding that is non-adhesive, does not require extensive tools or equipment and is reversible  Talitha Wachtelborn has been a book conservator in London for the past eight years. She has worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the V&A, the London Library, Lambeth Palace, Senate House Library and…

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A letter from East Anglia

The East Anglia Region Secretary, Sue Collins, died unexpectedly at the end of April.
Peter Collins, Sue Collin’s husband, has kindly offered the use of her bindery for a few people to get together, say monthly, to do bookbinding. He is very happy to host us as he would like Sue’s bindery to continue to be used for bookbinding. It is in Ongar Essex. If you might be interested, please contact me,  or 07540 223485.
Sue was always promoting bookbinding, so It would be good for those new to binding to get involved (i.e non-members) as well. John Mellerio and myself would be happy to be involved. We’re thinking it will be a good opportunity to do some binding and to learn from one another.
Since Ongar is quite far south in East Anglia, we don’t have many members down there. However, it might be close enough for some of your members to get to quite easily, so perhaps you could circulate L&S members.
Best Wishes
Linda Missing
East Anglia Region

We offer Peter our warmest condolences and our sincerest thanks for this kind offer.

Like the rest of The Society of Bookbinders, the London & South Region is run and organised by volunteers. There are currently 12 of us. However, new volunteers are always welcome. If you are interested in joining us, have skills you can contribute, come along to a meeting before you decide and observe us in action! We have a few vacancies coming up for key roles within the Committee so get in touch!

We can now announce our Committee Vacancies!!
As of Feb 2020

Maureen Duke Regional Educational Bursary

In memory of Maureen Duke, long-standing active member of London & South Region
and major supporter of the Educational & Training Committee, who spent much of her
life devoted to teaching, a bursary funded and administered by the region will be
awarded for attendance at the biennial Society of Bookbinders Educational & Training
Seminar. The bursary will cover registration as a full delegate plus travel costs.
The bursary is restricted to applicants from the London & South region who are under
the age of 35 and working in the wide world of books. They do not need to be
existing members of the Society of Bookbinders but are expected to join if selected.
The recipient will be required to submit a report of their experience at the Seminar
and describe its impact and influence on their work.
To apply, please submit the following to by
23:59 on 31 January 2020:
• CV with date of birth.
• Contact details.
• Outline of why you wish to attend the Seminar, including how this will enhance
your skills, knowledge and practice.
• Images of your work from the last two years.
• Two references.
Selection will take place during a regional committee meeting on 8 February 2020 and
the recipient notified by email no later than 22 February 2020. An announcement will
thereafter be posted on the Society of Bookbinders website and a brief ceremony to
note the award will take place during the Seminar.
 The Society of Bookbinders London & South Region takes its data protection responsibilities seriously
and its data handling procedures are designed to prevent unlawful access to data it holds. We will never
pass your data to a third party. In providing your personal data, you give your consent for the Society of
Bookbinders London & South Region to use it for the purposes of assessing eligibility and
communicating with you in regard to your bursary application.