Bookbinding Basics Evening Class

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


Richard Hamilton Building, Headington Campus, Headington Hill site


The non-vocational classes, tutored by widely experienced bookbinder and book conservationist Ian Ross, provide an introduction to bookbinding, examining the techniques, materials and equipment needed to bind and repair books.

Traditional methods are considered in conjunction with practical alternatives.

This course is for those who are beginners to bookbinding and the tutor is keen to speak with all students who wish to attend so he can tailor tuition to the individual.

Introducing Ian Ross:

Ian Ross Ian has been teaching bookbinding since 1962 when Oxford Brookes was the College of Technology. He served a six-year apprenticeship at the Oxford University Press and was tutored by the internationally acclaimed bookbinder Ivor Robinson. In 1962 he was awarded City & Guilds of London Institutes final examination in general bookbinding. As a qualified journeyman bookbinder he occasionally served as a local examiner for City & Guilds craft examinations. In 1963 he was elected to membership of the Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders (later to become Designer Bookbinders). He has exhibited his fine bindings with the Guild, both in the UK and abroad. Several of his bindings are in private collections. In particular he was commissioned to produce two bindings for John Henry Brookes.

Course dates:

14 evenings between 9 September - 10 December 2015. They run on Wednesdays or Thursdays by discussion with the tutor.