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.


Dear Members,

The London and South Committee has decided, with approval from our National Council, to postpone all events for Autumn 2020 and plans to move events to Spring 2021. We have recently discussed this change as a committee and feel that this is the safest and best decision in regards to our members. We have concerns that many members would need to travel long distances to attend our events on potentially crowded transport services. Even if members drive, there is limited parking at our venue and, therefore, not a viable option for many. Workshops will be difficult to run at a distance due to their hands-on nature. Venues for our visits may not be able to accommodate groups in often small enclosed spaces and many have not yet reached decisions about when staff are to return.

We have reached this decision now as we do not wish to cancel closer to the date of these events. The committee is discussing rescheduling, with venues and instructors, and aims to have a full schedule of events for Spring 2021 to make up for the misfortunes of 2020. We are pleased  that our National Council supports this decision, by the London and South Committee as being in the best interests of our members.

The L&S Committee hopes that all members continue to stay safe and healthy. We will share information about the Spring 2021 schedule as soon as it is available. We look forward to seeing you again when it is safe to do so.

Best wishes,

Talitha Wachtelborn

Chair, L&S Committee


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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.

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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February 2020

AGM + Two Talks – Morning Talk – Arthur Green: Conservation of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s First Visitors’ Book + Afternoon Talk – Martin Frost: Foredge Edge Painting: A Magic Secret Book Art

8th February 2020 @ 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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Our first talk, of the day, is about the conservation of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust’s first visitor’s book. The quarto memorandum book was in use from 1812 to 1819 and contains entries from prominent 19th century figures including: The Duke of Wellington, Lord Byron and John Keats. Much is known about the eventful life of the visitors’ book: we have archival evidence of its purchase by an American businessman visiting Stratford-upon-Avon, its time at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington,…

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March 2020

Visit – Parliamentary Archives, Palace of Westminster

11th March 2020 @ 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

14th March 2020 @ 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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Letter from our Chair re Covid-19

Dear Members,
We sincerely apologise that due to the Covid-19 epidemic we will be cancelling all remaining events for the Spring 2020 term. We are very sad to make this announcement as our volunteers have put considerable effort, as always, into arranging a series of events that we hope is interesting and beneficial to our members. However, the safety of our members and the wider society must be paramount.
We propose to deal with paid tickets as follows:
–  We aim to re-schedule the Spring 2020 events to Autumn 2020 or Spring 2021. Autumn 2020 events will be announced soon.
– Fees paid for workshops, events, and lectures that have been cancelled can be
     – refunded: if you chose this option, please supply bank details (Name, account number, and sort code) so that the refund can be processed.
       Cost of any cancelled event will be sent via bank transfer.
     – retained and used as vouchers in the Autumn: I will record the amount of cancelled events and this will be deducted from the cost of attending
       any Autumn events.
     – donated to the Society of Bookbinders
Please let me know your wishes and I will record them and make any necessary arrangements.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me or one of the other dedicated members of the committee. We hope that you are all able to stay safe and healthy during this challenging time.
Best wishes,
Talitha Wachtelborn

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. However, new volunteers are always needed and very 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!

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