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


MAY - Thurs. 9th - Sun. 12th (3 days) - Hand-Sewn Quarter Leather Tab Binding (Waiting list only)

JUNE - Thurs. 6th - Sun. 9th (3 days) - Bookbinding Beginners - The Case Bound Book (Waiting list only)

JULY - Thurs. 4th - Sun. 7th (3 days) - Stub-Bound Half Leather

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

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

Some of our 2019 courses are now fully booked but if you have a particular interest, please do email us so that we can send you early details of 2020 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.


MAY 2019
A Hand-Sewn Quarter Leather Tab Binding
(Waiting list only)

(with Glenn Malkin)

Thursday 9th - Sunday 12th May (3 days)

K118 binding

Also known as an adapted K118 binding, this binding has the benefit of opening very flat. It is constructed using a rounded book block that has no need of backing (shoulders) so can be made without specialist equipment. The boards are attached to the book by cloth tabs and the design incorporates leather inner hinges, leather spine and decorative paper to the boards.

'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 2019

Bookbinding Beginners - the Case Bound Book * (Waiting list only)

(with Jim MacWilliams)

Thursday 6th - Sunday 9th June (3 days)

Cased bookbinding

The Beginners’ course - 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, a case-bound 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.

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

'I have just returned from a book binding course tutored by Jim Mac Williams
and what a privilege to be taught by such an expert bookbinder. Jim is
an inspirational teacher who can put across his subject in a
relaxed & humorous way that brings out the best in his students.
We were all amazed at the amount of work we
accomplished and the standard we achieved.'

JULY 2019

A Versatile Stub-Bound Half-Leather Book

(with Glenn Malkin)

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


Stub bindings are commonly used for binding artwork, maps and other documents that need to be opened flat.

We will make a book from scratch which incorporates a variety of approaches to stub binding so participants will be able to select the most appropriate structures for projects they may face in the future. The case will be half leather with raised bands on the spine.


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.

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.

For 3-day courses in 2019:
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.)