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Understanding bookbindings with Arthur Green and Mariluz Beltran de Guevara

Ref: BL35



This training day will help librarians and archivists understand the types of bindings in their collections and will provide guidance on describing and handling bindings and on appropriate conservation techniques. It is 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. There will be a look at the structural features of hand-made bookbindings from the printed era. Leaving aside fancy decoration and the printed word, Arthur Green will examine some common binding styles, concentrating on the specific materials and techniques used in their construction and the various reasons why they might degrade. There will be a tour of the basement which is kept at a cool temperature, so please bring a jumper or a cardigan. Coats and bags are not allowed in the store for security reasons but will be locked away. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the second largest library in the world.


Arthur Green

Arthur Green is an independent Book Conservator with particular interest in the history of the book. After five years working as a bookbinder he graduated with distinction from a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts in 2008. Following internships at The Leather Conservation Centre and The British Library Arthur worked for the Oxford Conservation Consortium, he then spent over five years working at the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library. Arthur has published on bookbinding and conservation and started teaching in 2012. In 2016 he established his own conservation studio in Oxfordshire.

Mariluz Beltran de Guevara

Mariluz Beltran de Guevara ACR, Subject Leader Conservation of Books

Mariluz Beltran de Guevara has been an accredited book and paper conservator since 2008, and joined West Dean College in 2017 after many years at the British Library.

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