An immersive two-day seminar aimed at librarians, archivists, volunteers and anyone working with collections of historic bindings who would like to understand more about the books that they handle. Leaving aside fancy decoration and the printed word, the course will focus on the structural features of bookbindings, their development over time, and why they degrade. Participants will experience a variety of historic bindings first-hand including access to the collection at Gloucester Cathedral Library. The course will also include sessions on materials and formats, safe handling, and a tour of the Cathedral Library.
Date: 27th and 28th June 2022 Time: 10:00 - 16:00
Location: Parliament Room and Library, Gloucester Cathedral
Tutor: Arthur Green, Independent Book Conservator
Teas, coffees, and biscuits provided during each day. Lunch from the Monks Kitchen available to pre-book separately.
Please note the locations can only be accessed via staircases, so are not suitable for those with mobility difficulties.