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 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.



William Moodie

Frank Hippman Library

Pippa Smith

Acting Events Organiser

Mary Carns

Acting Treasurer



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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January 2020

West Midlands: AGM and Talk

18th January 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Christ Church Hall, Avenue Road
Malvern, WR14 3AY
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The AGM will be followed by a presentation by Heather Norville Day, print, drawing and watercolour conservator, who will talk to us about approaches to repair and preservation of documents.  Previously senior conservator at the Tate Gallery and Head of Pictorial Art at the British Museum Heather Norville-Day now runs her own conservation company. There will be a silent auction of bookbinding tools and related items.  There will be tea and cake.

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February 2020

West Midlands: Clip on Cover Binding – Kathy Abbott

22nd February 2020 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street
Birmingham, B3 3BS United Kingdom
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A one-day workshop with Kathy Abbott, bookbinder, author of 'Bookbinding A Step-by-Step Guide' and a founder member of the Tomorrow's Past Group.   Kathy teaches Fine Binding at the City Lit in London. The Clip-on Cover binding is a structure for fairly small books and was originally devised for the Tomorrow's Past exhibition of contemporary conservation bindings.  Clip-on Cover Binding Fee: £20 (members), £30 (non-members) plus £10 materials cost. There will be a maximum of 12 spaces.

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May 2020

West Midlands: Medieval Structural Endbands – Arthur Green

16th May 2020 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm
United Reformed Church Hall, Worcester Road
Malvern, WR14 1SS
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A one day workshop with Arthur Green, independent book conservator.  This practical workshop will explore a mediaeval two-part structural endband.  The day will start by working two basic, single core, primary endband styles and the session will finish by working a decorative chevron over the primary endband.  Arthur will give guidance and advice on how the endbands are worked and how they can be adapted to provide strong yet minimally interventive repairs.  This workshop is suitable for those with at…

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September 2020

West Midlands: Gold Tooling Workshop – Julian Thomas

19th September 2020 @ 10:00 am - 20th September 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Marden Community Centre Marden, Herefordshire HR1 3EW + Google Map

A two-day workshop with Julian Thomas MBE, conservator and bookbinder, Fellow of Designer Bookbinders. The workshop is sponsored by the Society of Bookbinders under the Travelling Workshop Scheme.  There is no fee but there will be a £10 materials cost. There will be a maximum of 10 spaces.  

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