Bernard trained at the Central School
of Arts & Crafts and was
apprenticed to The British Museum Bindery.
He was a Craftsman – Demonstrator at
the Royal College of Art from 1949–51
and Manager at Zaehnsdorf Ltd. from 1951–53.
He has been a self-employed book restorer and designer bookbinder since
An Honourary Fellow of SoB and a Fellow and former President of Designer
Bookbinders, Bernard was awarded an MBE for services
to bookbinding in 1986. His publications include
A History of English Craft Bookbinding Technique (1963, 4th
ed. 1996), The Restoration of Leather Bindings (1972, 4th ed.
Recollections: a life in bookbinding (2000).
He has lectured and demonstrated worldwide and is internationally recognised
and respected for his contribution to the craft
PATRON: Maureen Duke
Maureen was trained at Guildford School of Art by William Matthews, obtaining her NDD and City & Guilds Certificate (Silver Medal) in 1949. She worked as a bookbinder until 1978 when she returned to Guildford to teach and initiated the 2-year diploma course which she led until her retirement 1993. Free then to travel, she did so, training, demonstrating and lecturing all over the world: Australia, New Zealand, USA, South America and Europe. Maureen has served as a Regional Chairman, National Chairman and President of the Society of Bookbinders.
She has introduced new tools and materials, pioneered new techniques, and continues her connections to suppliers and bookbinders as a consultant and trainer. An early member of SoB, she was elected an Honorary Fellow, is familiar to regional members and still dedicated to the craft. A biography, Maureen Duke - Bookbinder - Teacher - Friend by Paul Foster was published 2008.
PRESIDENT: Hilary Henning
Hilary was taught bookbinding by Jen Lindsay, Peter Jones and Tracey
Rowledge at Roehampton College. She went on to day classes at City Lit to
learn book repair, which she was able to practice as a volunteer in the
V&A Book Conservation Department.
After her degree, Hilary ran Book North bookbinding classes in Yorkshire
for 10 years. She is currently working part-time in the library
of the Brooklands Museum of Aviation and Motorsport in Surrey.
VICE-PRESIDENT: Dominic Riley
Dominic is a self-employed restorer, designer binder,
teacher, writer, lecturer and occasional
film-maker. He has worked in London,
New York and San Francisco, and is a
past president of the Hand Bookbinders
He won both first prizes
and the Mansfield Medal in the Designer Bookbinders
2007 competition, and was elected Fellow of
DB in 2008. He spends part of the year
teaching in the USA with Michael Burke, and has
his bindery in the Lake District.
CHAIRMAN: Sarah Burns
After many years working for Private Eye, Sarah travelled much of the world as the wife of a British diplomat and so started bookbinding with Tom Arbro at the Library of Congress in the 1980s. Many years later she was taught by Betsy Palmer Eldridge at CBBAG in Toronto. Since coming back to the UK she has attended as many workshops as possible around the country.
Sarah has been Chairman of Western Region for some years and has a workshop at home in the middle of Exmoor National Park.
TREASURER: Lester Bath
Lester started learning bookbinding in the early 1980s at
the London College of Printing. She also studied
fine binding for the best part of a year with Jen Lindsay
and Denise Lubett at Roehampton before returning to North
Wales. Her godmother, Dalma Flanders, who had introduced
her to bookbinding, paid her initial membership to Designer
Bookbinders in 1983 and she has been a member ever since,
serving as Secretary for a number of years and being
elected an Honorary Fellow in 2000.
has been a member of the North Wales and North West region
of SoB since 2000 and has also served as Secretary to
SECRETARY: Chris Coggins
Chris started binding in 2008, stimulated by his collection of 18th century British road books, most of which needed repair or restoration. He joined the Society in the North East Region soon after and is now the NE Region Newsletter Editor as well as Regional Representative on Council. Chris has his own consultancy business as an expert in wood preservation after a career in that industry.
Each UK Region elects a representative annually at the Region's AGM
who serves on the Council of the Society for the following year. The
current representative for a particular Region may be contacted through
the Regional Secretary - contact details in the information for that
Event and Department Organisers
The Society's activities could not be sustained without a dedicated group
of members who take responsibility for various aspects of Society life.
These members may attend Council meetings and they advise the
Council on progress in the areas for which they are responsible. These include:
Education and Training (including the biennial Seminar)
Conference (alternating with the Seminar)
Editor of BOOKBINDER
Editor of the National Newsletter
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