West Midlands

West Midlands
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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 2015 and 2017 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 for similar bursaries in the future.



Angela Sutton


Clive Owen


Lynden Lane


Mary Carns

Meetings Secretary



Please note:

  • The workshop fee is currently £35 for SoB members, but this reduced to £20 when possible.
  • Students under 25 pay a greatly-reduced fee.
  • 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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November 2018

Spring Back Binding – workshop

10th November 2018

WEST MIDLAND Spring Back Binding  The spring back binding was originally patented in Great Britain in 1799 by John and Joseph Williams and is described in Bernard Middleton's History of English Craft Bookbinding, but it does not detail the steps required to complete a binding. This workshop will show you how to make a spring back binding. Tutor: Christopher Holmes Start Time: 10.30 hrs Venue: Welland Village Hall, Malvern, Worcs. Members Fee: £20,  £30 for non-members. Materials charges will be payable to the speaker.

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January 2019

Annual General Meeting and Talk

January 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

WEST MIDLAND Annual General Meeting & Talk Ian Andrews will talk to us about Treasure Bindings. Tea, silent auction Start Time: 14.00 hrs Venue: tbc Fee: No fee payable.  

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March 2019

Japanese Boxes (workshop)

Midori is a brilliant tutor, and we enjoyed her workshop on Japanese books last year so much that we have asked her to come this year and tell us how to make the box. There are still one or two places left.

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May 2019

Edge Decoration (workshop)

Tom McEwan is well-known for his creative gold and patterned book edges. Come and learn how to finish your fine binding.

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