West Midlands

West Midlands
3 years ago
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In the Middle of England

Our region started life in Birmingham but has now spread out over several counties so our members come from Shropshire and Herefordshire to the west, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire to the south, and  Warwickshire and Northamptonshire in the east, as well as a few to the centre and north of Birmingham itself.

We run about four day-long workshops a year on a bookbinding-related subject and try to spread them round the region; our usual meeting places are Shottery (near Stratford-upon-Avon), Malvern (Worcestershire), Marden (Herefordshire) or the Birmingham and Midland Institute in central Birmingham.  The tutors are either local members with the relevant expertise or nationally known leaders in their fields. We are always happy to consider requests for workshops in a particular subject.

We hold an Annual General Meeting in January when we have a talk followed by a ‘bring and buy’ sale of items over tea and cake, which is a pleasant social occasion.  We also organise a visit to a library or other place of interest in the summer.

In 2019 we were able to offer a regional bursary for a student to attend the Conference, thanks to generous donations from the families of deceased members. We are happy to consider applicants resident in the region for similar bursaries in the future.

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Officers

Ian Nilo Walton

Secretary

William Moodie

Frank Hippman Library

Pippa Smith

Acting Events Organiser

Mary Carns

Acting Treasurer

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Workshops

Please note:

  • The workshop fee is currently £20 for SoB members (£30 for non-members).
  • Students and under-25s pay £10.
  • Materials costs are payable to the tutor on the day.
  • Participants must contact the Meetings Secretary beforehand as places are limited.

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A Memory Album with Ursula Jeakins

Ruishton Village Hall, Cheats Road,
Taunton,, Off Junction 25 of M5 near Taunton TA3 5JD

A glued out structure with fold-out pages, pockets and windows, finished with a case binding.  Suitable for postcards, photos and other small holiday ephemera.  There is plenty of scope for...

£15 – £20

Conservation Enclosures

Southern Bookcrafts Club, Winchester

Conservation housing and enclosures are an essential weapon in the preservation armoury.  This two-day course will cover various types of conservation enclosures, such as phase wrappers and their variations, archival...

Vellum Binding with Kathy Abbott

Brittons Ash Community Hall, Bridgewater Road,
Bathpool,, Taunton TA2 8FT United Kingdom

During this two-day course, you will learn how to make a blank book with a vellum 'Clip-on-cover Binding' - one of the structures devised by Kathy for her work with...

£184

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