Explorations: Medieval Styles of Bookbinding at Lincoln Castle

Explorations: Medieval Styles of Bookbinding at Lincoln Castle

Duration: 3 hours

Price: £15

Run by: Lincoln Castle

Contact: Amy

01522 552434

Lincoln Castle
Castle Square

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About the Course

Understand what and how medieval books are held together - like the Domesday Book.

Early and Medieval books have wood, limp or soft vellum covers, but what are they and how do they work. This will be an explorative talk and demonstration on how parchment gatherings, and pages are put together to create books in various styles employed through the medieval period. Some are simply folded pages tacketted together; others are complex large bindings with many gatherings sewn together laced into wooden boards covered in leather and cloth covers.These beautiful books held in archives and libaries are hundred of years old and have the ability and structure to continue to out live us all.

The session will be informal and discussion will be welcome. There will be examples of medieval books and demonstrations on how they are made.
The course will start at 1pm and end at 4pm. This course is suitable for those with no knowledge of binding, age 16 +.

Tutor: Mags Bradley

Mags is the proprietor and binder of 'The Bindery' formed in 2004, and runs the All Bound Up workshops here at the Heritage Skills Centre.
She specialises in conservation and restoration of all styles and ages of bindings and boxes, but does take commissions for new works. From repairing totally collapsed broken bindings to those just needing a little TLC, with a new back or label. She also spends her time giving workshops, talks and demonstrations for various groups in the area.
Mags is a true Lincoln lass and grew up in the city going to the Lincoln College of Art and then to the Public Records Office, now the National Archives. She worked there for 10 years in the Conservation Binding Department where she developed her many skills and knowledge in both a huge variety and history of bindings. A high light of this time was being part of the Domesday project and rebinding exhibition for its 900th anniversary. Having also had a career in the health service, she returned to binding when asked to fill in at a binding course at the Grimsby Institure which then brought her back to then open her own Bindery full time in 2004.

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What's included in the price?

All the required tools, equipment and materials will be provided for your use at the workshop. Tea and coffee will be available.

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