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Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, London

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Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town
London, NW1 8PH United Kingdom

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 between 34 & 36 Kelly Street and there is limited car parking at the rear of the building on Church Avenue, off Kentish Town Road near the corner with Prince of Wales Road.

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

February 8 @ 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

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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