Numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 8 so please book early.


SEPTEMBER - Thurs. 26th - Sun. 29th (3 days) - Full Leather Cambridge Panel Binding
(Waiting list only)


MAY - Thurs. 7th - Sun. 10th (3 days) - The Drop-back Box

JUNE - Thurs. 4th - Sun. 7th (3 days) - Bookbinding Beginners - The Basics

JULY - Thurs. 30th - Sun. 2nd August (3 days) - Decorative Elements for Design Bindings

OCTOBER - Thurs. 1st - Sun. 4th (3 days) - Book Repair

OCTOBER - Thurs. 22nd - Sun. 25th (3 days) - Limp Vellum Binding

(arrival 5-6pm, departure 4-5pm)

Some of our courses get booked up quickly but if you have a particular interest,
please do email us so that we can send you early details of next year's courses.

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We have a range of bookbinding courses at the Grange. If you are completely new to bookbinding, and want to start at the beginning with a view to becoming accomplished, we recommend that you learn the basic skills of making a case-bound book with our beginners’ course. Thereafter, there are lots of ways of adding to those skills and you can choose from one of the themed courses. We have asterisked * the courses which can be attended by beginners.

You may like to watch the short film about the Grange here.


A Full-Leather Cambridge Panel Binding (Waiting list only)

(with Glenn Malkin)

Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th September (3 days)

Cambridge Panel 2019 for web

This traditional style of decoration can be seen, in various forms, on many early eighteenth century bindings but is a commonly referenced theme even today. We will make a blank book in the traditional way, lace on the boards and cover with full calf leather. We will then decorate and tool the book in this traditional yet attractive style.


MAY 2020

The Drop-back Box - Beyond the Ordinary*

(with Glenn Malkin)

Thursday 7th - Sunday 10th May (3 days)

Whether for protection or decoration, making a box for a valued book is an important part of a bookbinder's work. In this workshop you will make a drop-back (or clamshell) box for your own chosen book. This box will be of competition quality, using a choice of book cloths for the covering and lined with suede panels. Although you can choose elements of your box’s design, the front and spine will have recessed panels for a label or decorative panels and we will explore some simple decorative tooling. This workshop requires precision and delicacy in measurement and cutting by hand but you do not need to have bookbinding experience to attend.

'Just a thank you for a splendid weekend. The course was terrific, and Glenn is a superb tutor.
I had such an enjoyable time . . . Thank you also for the amazing, delicious and healthy food.
What a good bunch of people you are.'

JUNE 2020

Bookbinding for Beginners*

(with Alan Fitch)

Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th June (3 days)

Cased bookbinding

An ideal starting point if you’ve never done any bookbinding before or only dabbled in it. Whatever you choose to go on and specialise in, or if you just want to work towards repairing your own books, a basic grounding in the traditional skills of bookbinding will be invaluable. This course provides you with an introduction to the tools and techniques of bookbinding and will enable you to produce, by the end of the three days, three case-bound books - a single section, a perfect bound and a multi section round and backed book. You will learn about bookbinding materials, the correct use of bookbinding tools and the technical processes of bookbinding, including sewing, attaching endpapers, glueing, trimming, rounding and backing, case-making and casing-in.

JULY 2020

Decorative Elements for Design Bindings

(with Glenn Malkin)

Thursday 30th July - Sunday 2nd August (3 days)


In this workshop you will focus on a selection of decorative techniques by preparing a number of small leather panels which can be inlaid into recessed boards. The techniques to be explored in some depth will include cold tooled leather with gold leaf, scarf joints in leather, recessed leather lines and back-pared onlays. You will then have the opportunity to create your own unique decorative panels, combining these (and other) techniques in whatever way you wish. Some basic experience of working with bookbinding leather would be advantageous.


Book Repair

(with Alan Fitch)

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th October (3 days)

Binding repair

The course is designed to cater for the person who has some basic skills in bookbinding but would like to develop and expand these into the repair and restoration of worn and tired cloth bound books. Items covered will include pulling a book (taking it apart), paper repair, re-backing, repairing and cleaning the old cover. Each student will be asked to bring along five or six books that need repairing. Not all will be attempted, but all will be discussed and looked at and then, depending on the amount of repair work to be done, it is hoped that at least three or four will be completed in the three days.


Limp Vellum Binding

(with Glenn Malkin)

Thursday 22nd - Sunday 25th October (3 days)

limp vellum medium

This is a very old style of binding where the vellum cover is laced on to the book block with no (or very little) glue. Here you will be utilising attractive old vellum documents to create the covers. The first process will be to line the vellum with tissue to flatten and strengthen it and to make it easier to work with. You will then prepare a blank book block, cutting, folding, piercing and sewing your book on to strong leather thongs. You will then sew on some simple headbands. Then you will create a template to cut your vellum cover and fold it into shape before lacing it on to the book. The result will be an attractive book with a strong flexible cover, using a binding style which has been used for centuries. For those who work quickly, there may be the opportunity to make a second, pocket sized version of the limp vellum binding. Some experience of bookbinding would be an advantage when attending this workshop.

Tools, Equipment & Work Space

Tools and equipment will be provided, although there will be additional materials charges of up to £30, depending on the course. (We can supply a list of suppliers for those who wish to buy tools afterwards. Some of these are given on our
Links page.) Please bring an apron.

The courses will be held in our recently restored and refurbished teaching bindery with individual workstations.

To see some photos of the bindery and work in action on previous courses held at the Grange, you may like to visit our Blog pages.

For 3-day courses in 2019 & 2020:
Residential (single with en-suite bathroom) - £499
Sharing (or in single room without bathroom) - £440
Non residential £390
(to include Thursday evening meal and lunches each day)

An additional materials charge of up to £30 may be applied to these courses.

Prices include tuition, all meals and accommodation.

If you would like further information about our secure payment system, please see our booking and payments pages. Deposits can be paid online to reserve your place, although please be aware that as places are strictly limited (and online bookings are not monitored 24/7, your booking is not confirmed until we have confirmed it by email. Should you make a booking for a course that has reached its maximum number we will advise and, of course, make a refund of a deposit if there are no other courses that are of interest.)