Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VD245
Duration: 12 sessions (over 12 weeks)
What is the course about?
This is one of three short courses which teach conservation methods for paper (VD245), cloth (VD246) and leather bound books (VD247). These courses are aimed at learners with some basic experience in bookbinding or book conservation and will comprise instruction on a range of conservation techniques including archival housing for bindings. The courses cover both the theory and practice of book conservation and students will, through practical exercise, gain the skills and experience to be able to conserve and repair their own items. Students are expected to provide their own books on which to work.
What will we cover?
- Paper bound book styles
- Degradation characteristics of paper
- Approaches to conservation techniques and de-acidification
- In-situ book repairs
- Repair of text-blocks and bindings using Japanese paper
- Sewing and re-casing/binding options
- Making an archival flapcase housing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Identify physical characteristics of paper bound books
- Recognize two main features of paper degradation
- Explain a practical conservation approach appropriate for the type of damage to a book
- Use learned skills to restore book covers and damaged pages
- Conserve a paper-bound book in a variety of ways using both Japanese and Western papers.
- Construct a simple archive case.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This is an intermediate course for individuals wishing to expand and develop their book conservation skills. Some previous bookbinding and book conservation experience is required. This means a basic knowledge of: book structures, binding styles, how book materials deteriorate; damage characteristics, and repair options. You should be familiar with the terminology used, and have a reasonable level of confidence and dexterity in handling materials and tools.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information. You will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers, do simple measurements and make calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Weekly topics follow the linear aspects of book conservation, from damage assessment through various treatment options to completion of work. Each student will work on their own items. There will be demonstrations, and one-to-one practical teaching.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You should provide a book(s) to work on, and have this/these available at the beginning of the course. The bindery is equipped with most of the specialist tools, but you will be expected to use your own hand tools and come equipped with a range of tools including:
- Knives (scalpel, utility or craft and leather paring) and spare blades
- Brushes in a range of sizes
- A steel rule or straight edge with measured increments.
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When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Conservation and repair
-VD246 Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher
-VD247 Book conservation and repair workshop: intermediate and higher
Specialist and historical styles
- VD316 Wooden boarded binding
- VD434 Bradel binding
- VD357 Bookbinding: limp vellum binding.
Gavin Moorhead is a professional book conservator and conservation teacher. He is a Design graduate from RMIT and worked as a Graphic Designer before changing direction to take up a career in Conservation. Gavin says he became dissatisfied with consumerist creativity after becoming enlightened by conservation. Combining new aspiration with his passion for books, he trained in conservation techniques at the State Library of Victoria and went on to work on some of the most iconic items in cultural collections around the world. He came to the UK to pursue further opportunities and now, more than 30 years on, he is a senior conservator and conservation team leader at the British Library Centre for Conservation. In becoming a tutor in book conservation and bookbinding, Gavin sought to articulate the ethics of Conservation and to train students in the fundamental skills. After 10 years teaching at City Lit, he continues to enlighten and nurture aspiring book menders and makers.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.