Just 2 Months to go...

visit our website for more details

It is hard to believe that we are just 2 months out from the conference. The organisers continue to beaver away in the background to create a fabulous experience for everyone. We have everything in place for an exciting weekend to immerse yourselves in the world of book arts and crafts. There are now close to a 100 registrations, this is really satisfying for the organisers to know that all the planning and hard work has paid off. There is still room for anyone who might be thinking of joining our warm and welcoming gathering.

If you know of anywhere that you could put up a poster to advertise the event please go to the bottom of this webpage and follow the instructions.

Here is an abstract from Peter Whitehead's paper that he is presenting over the conference weekend:


For centuries stationery has been supplied in a range of formats, from single sheets of paper or parchment, bundles, pre-folded quires, and bindings ranging from basic stitched gatherings, functional leather or parchment wrappers and luxurious and elaborate decorated bindings.  Stationery binding developed as a separate industry but unlike letterpress binding it has received comparatively little study. The bindings frequently dismissed by historians, librarians, and conservators as unimportant, plain and contributing little to the documentary record or the history of the craft.

This talk will introduce the subject of stationery bindings and discuss how styles and techniques developed from the medieval period and evolved into one of the most ubiquitous but least understood binding structures, the springback ledger binding, produced in the thousands in the 19th and 20th centuries.


Peter Whitehead is an accredited book and manuscripts conservator. He completed 4 years training in Library and Archive materials conservation at Camberwell School of Art in 1988  and continued studying bookbinding at London College of Printing and in his first jobs as a book conservator at the Public Record Office, London and later with private conservator Elizabeth Neville. After 8 years working as a conservator and binder in the private sector he returned to the PRO (now The National Archives) to study and specialise in the conservation of bindings in historic archive collections, that is  “Stationery bindings”.  He has since been the manager of conservation at The London Guildhall Library, Canterbury Cathedral Library and Kent Archives and has continued to study the historic bindings in these institutions. He is currently Collection Care Leader at Alexander Turnbull Library.