What is the course about?
This is a structured course covering the repair and conservation of leather bound books. Attention will be paid to the maintenance of historical detail, with emphasis being placed on conservation principles.
What will we cover?
The course will cover the assessment, repair and conservation of a 'tight-back' and a 'hollow-back', leather bound book.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Re-back one tight-backed and/or one hollow-backed binding
- Undertake paper repairs
- Remove old spines
- Pare leather accurately
- Dye leather
- Cover a book with leather confidently.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You are not required to have previous experience of repair and conservation work but will need a reasonable level of experience in hand bookbinding ie. have undertaken a basic or introductory course in bookbinding. You need to have some familiarity with the terminology used and be confident in handling materials and equipment. You must be able to pare leather and have your own paring knives. Some historical knowledge of bookbinding would be an advantage.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to do simple measurements and calculations.
Please look at the rest of the course outline carefully to decide if you may benefit from support in your English and Maths skills to help you to take part fully in this class.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Group tuition and demonstration, and individual attention as required. Some handouts will be provided, but you will be expected to keep and use your own working notes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
You must provide your own books to work on, and to have these available at the beginning of the course. Guidance will be given on the first day as to what is required and appropriate. The bindery is equipped with most tools, but you will be expected to use your own hand tools.
The class has some materials which may be bought, and you will be given guidance for providing your own.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Suitable further conservation classes include VD204 Book conservation: vellum, VD 245,246,247 Intermediate/advanced conservation workshop VD212/213 An introduction to gold and foil blocking or VD310 Gold tooling. –Your tutor will be able to advise you during the course.