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The London and South region was founded in 1980 and its area covers London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex, Hampshire, Kent, South Oxfordshire, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

The London & South region runs two seasons of masterclasses and demonstrations that run from September to December and from January to May. In addition to this there are two annual visits to libraries, binderies, museums, tanneries or conservation studios.

Unless stated otherwise all events run from 10.30am – 3.30pm with a brief break for lunch and are held at The Congregational Chapel, Kelly Street, Kentish Town, NW1 8PH (map).

Tea and coffee are available throughout the day and there are local cafés and sandwich shops within a few minutes' walk.

Both masterclasses and visits are £10 for members and £15 for non-members. If applicable, materials are an additional charge.

Please click here (PDF) for an application form with instructions.

Please contact David Lewis with any questions.


11 March 2017
Sue Hufton: Covering Letters (workshop)
Susan Hufton studied calligraphy at Roehampton with Ann Camp during 1977-80 and 1983-1986. She studied bookbinding with Jen Lindsay and letter carving with Tom Perkins. She works to commission making both private and public works, from large panels to small manuscript books, using a variety of materials. For six years she was one of the scribes of the Saint John's Bible.

Sue teaches at all levels, short courses and workshops in the UK and around the world, and has taught on full-time courses at Roehampton and Sunderland Universities. She is a short course tutor teaching lettering and bookbinding at West Dean College. Her work is exhibited regularly and is included in the V&A and Crafts Study Centre collections.

Following an illustrated introduction of examples of hand lettering on hand bound books and a brief recap on the spacing of letters, Sue will demonstrate applying letters to book covers made of various materials other than leather (not her speciality): vellum, paper, cloth. Participants will then be able to experiment for themselves with a range of methods/techniques (pens, brushes, stencils, crayon, layering, etc). This will give people an opportunity to see and explore possibilities by practical means with the aim of taking away ideas to develop themselves.

Numbers limited to 15.


5 April 2017
Visit to The Imperial War Museum’s Conservation Laboratory, library stacks & art store
Imperial War Museums (IWM) is a leading authority on conflict and its impact, focusing on Britain, its former Empire and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present. A family of five museums, IWM illustrates and records all aspects of modern war and of the individual’s experience of it, whether allied or enemy, service or civilian, military or political, social or cultural. IWM was founded on 5 March 1917 when the War Cabinet approved a proposal by Sir Alfred Mond MP for the creation of a national war museum to record the events still taking place during the Great War. The intention was to collect and display material as a record of everyone’s experiences during that war - civilian and military - and to commemorate the sacrifices of all sections of society. The interest taken by the Dominion governments led to the renaming of the National War Museum to Imperial War Museum later in 1917. It was formally established by Act of Parliament in 1920.

The tour will start at the Conservation Laboratory in Austral Street and from there participants will be taken to the main museum (a five-minute walk away). Here, members will go to the library stacks for an informal talk on some of the interesting objects they hold and to the Art Store. This exceptional collection is one of the most important representations of twentieth century British art in the world. It includes many great works of art from the British government war art schemes of the First and Second World Wars, which employed the greatest artists of their day, including Paul Nash, C R W Nevinson, John Singer Sargent and Sir William Orpen. Today IWM continues to commission artists such as Steve McQueen, Roddy Buchanan and Susan Philipsz, and the collection reflects recent and contemporary conflicts including Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

After the tour participants are free to enjoy the rest of the museum. A café and tea room are also on site. Please be aware that there is very limited seating available in the Conservation Laboratory and that participants will be on their feet for the remainder of the tour, so a comfortable pair of walking shoes is strongly recommended.

Numbers limited to 20.


29 April 2017
Kate Holland: Edge Decoration
Kate Holland started her career in books as the manager of an antiquarian bookshop before enrolling on a part-time HND in bookbinding at London College of Printing. She is now a multi-award winning Fellow of Designer Bookbinders with books in the British and Bodleian Libraries as well as many other public and private collections around the world. She is passionate about sharing her love of bookbinding and enjoys teaching classes to all ages and levels of experience.

Edges are another surface which allow the binder’s creativity to shine but they are often overlooked. They act as an important protective barrier as well as being a key design element of a fine binding. In this workshop, Kate will show you how to achieve the perfect glass smooth finish to your edges and work through a variety of decorative finishes. From basic sprinkling and sponging through graphite, paste, gauffering and applied gold leaf.

Numbers limited to 6.


20 May 2017
Bridget Mitchell: Simple Preservation Enclosures (workshop)
Bridget Mitchell is a self-employed, ICON accredited book conservator who has run her book conservation and specialist box-making studio for the last 15 years in Norfolk. Previously she worked at the Victoria & Albert Museum as Senior Book Conservator for 10 years and at the Bodleian Library, Oxford after completing her bookbinding training at Guildford Technical College under Maureen Duke, Maggie Chandler and John Mitchell and a book conservation internship at West Dean College under Chris Clarkson.

The basic ‘Four Flap Paper Folder’ is a preservation technique deployed to protect a variety of archive and book material. It is also the basis for more elaborate preservation enclosures, designed to protect specific types of material. During this workshop participants will make a ‘’Pamphlet Case” and a “Phase Box”: two enclosure types that can be quickly and economically reproduced to protect bindings and pamphlet material from shelving, handling and transport damage.

Numbers limited to 15.


10 June 2017
David Mills: Artist Books - everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask (workshop)
David Mills was an apprentice bookbinder in Manchester and taught by John Coleman on a City and Guilds course in bookbinding. He subsequently attended Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts on their certificate course in bookbinding. David taught at the London College of Printing and later at Manchester Metropolitan University, where he studied for an MA in Book Arts. Today he teaches at Morley College in London and runs his own workshop. His work is found in several collections including Tate Britain and the V&A.

David will present a demonstration based on his dissertation, which was concerned with how collections select or choose artist books: some do so by criteria with regard to funding; most through librarians choosing and selecting as well as being instrumental in the critique of work. He will show examples from his collection and also slides relating to other works. The practical part of the workshop will be based on simple binding styles that are used in artist bookmaking.

Numbers limited to 17.



Philippa Räder
Bramble Cottage
99 Eastrop


Sophie McAllister
28 Harlington Rd
Pippa Smith
1 Fairlawn Close
N14 4JX
Visits & Workshop Programme
Robert Pattison
Fir Tree House
Hermitage Road
Cold Ash
RE18 9JN


PDF versions of The Quarto, London & South region's newsletter are now available in the Members' Area. See your National Newsletter for the link.

• You can see a round-up of our Autumn 2015/Spring 2016 events here (PDF)