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Tacketed Stationery Binding: A two day practical workshop - Essex Record Office - 26th and 27th March 2020
Mar 26

Tacketed Stationery Binding: A two day practical workshop...


  • Tacketed Stationery Binding: A two day practical workshop

    Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT

    26th – 27th March 2020

    Tacketed bindings are part of the story of stationery binding and can be found in many forms in English Archive collections. When Conservators from Cumbria and Staffordshire Archive Services both discovered independently that they had fine examples of this intriguing form of binding, they set about making facsimile copies only to find remarkable similarities when compared directly with each other.

    On this course you will…

    Explore how tackets have been used in the construction of early stationery bindings and focus on a distinct tacketed binding style that spread across Europe from the medieval period and influenced account bindings into the 19th and 20th centuries. You will produce a book model based on examples found in English regional archives using authentic materials and techniques while considering how the separate elements of this binding contribute towards the functionality of the book and influence later stationery binding styles.

    Under the guidance and teaching of…

    • Richard Nichols, RMARA, ACR, Senior Conservator, Staffordshire Archives
    • Tony King, Senior Collections Care and Conservation Manager, Durham University
    • Fay Humphreys, Conservator, Cumbria Archives

    Day 1

    10:00 Registration (refreshments available)

    10:30 Introduction and talks

    •   Richard – Overview of English Tacketed Bindings (30mins)
    •   Tony and Fay – The Dormont Book and Model (30mins)

    11:30 Making the textblock

    13:00 Lunch - not provided (45mins)

    13:45 Making the textblock cont.

    14:30 Making the leather case

    15:30 (optional break)

    17:00 Close of day

    19:00 Dinner with other delegates in the town centre (optional – please contact Fay Humphreys on if you would like to attend and with any dietary requirements before the 20th of March)

    Day 2

    9:30 Talks and refreshments

    •  Tony and Fay – Tacketed Stationery Bindings across Europe (30mins)
    •  Richard – Decorative Elements and Demo (15mins)

    10:15 Overbands, lacing and strap

    12:00 Lunch – not provided (45mins)

    12:45 Tacketing on the case

    15:45 Closing discussion

    16:00 End of training event

    Please note that this is a practical workshop so some experience in bookbinding is required.  

    • When making travel plans please be advised the second day will end at 4pm.

    ARA member’s rate: £155 (including materials)

    Non-member’s rate: £185 (including materials)

    Book Online

    As there are only a limited number of places available only one space will be reserved for those applying for the ARA Preservation & Conservation Section’s free place. Apply for your free place here (ARA members only) and submit to the deadline to receive applications is Friday 14th February 12 noon.

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  • Date & Time
    Mar 26 2020 at 09:30 AM - Mar 27 2020 at 05:00 PM
  • Location & full address
    Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, Essex CM2 6YT
  • Event Admins
    Lorraine Logan