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City & Guilds Beginners' Bookbinding Evening Course

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City & Guilds Beginners' Bookbinding Evening Course

From GBP 500.00



Jun 26 2018 18:00 - Jul 31 2018 20:00


26th June, 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st July 6-9pm

Shepherds Bookbinders are pleased to launch all new City & Guilds Bookbinding Courses, London in partnership with St Bride Foundation. Part 1 Level 1 Unit 118 is the first of the four units in the City & Guild Bookbinding certificate.

For absolute beginners, this is the first unit of a Level 1 City & Guilds Bookbinding course. During the course you will learn essential bookbinding skills and gain experience in the use of materials including adhesives, papers and cloths.

The course will cover how to make pamphlet & multi section books exploring a range of sewing techniques, end papers and cover styles. All materials included.

Students are welcome to undertake the course without enrolling for a City & Guilds qualification. Those who wish to achieve a City & Guilds Award will need to complete a further 15 hours of personal binding and reproduce what is covered on the course at home. This work will need to be accompanied with supporting evidence of design in the form of sketches and notes. The resulting work will then be marked and graded. If students want to achieve a City & Guilds Award participants will need to register with Shepherds before the marking process; this carries a £31 administration charge.

Following the completion of the first Unit, students will have the opportunity to undertake awards in a further 3 Units, along with a design unit, which lead to a City & Guilds Certificate.

Tutor Joe Dixon


Established in 1891 with a clear social and cultural purpose, St Bride Foundation is one of London’s hidden gems.

Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building, St Bride Foundation was originally set up to serve the burgeoning print and publishing trade of nearby Fleet Street, and is now finding a new contemporary audience of designers, printmakers and typographers who come to enjoy a regular programme of design events and workshops.

Many thousands of books, printing-related periodicals and physical objects are at the heart of St Bride Library. Volumes on the history of printing, typography, newspaper design and paper-making jostle for space alongside one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of type specimens. The printed, written, carved and cast word may be found at St Bride in its myriad forms. Architectural lettering and examples of applied typography in many media, together with substantial collections of steel punches and casting matrices for metal types are also held in this eclectic collection. The Reading Room is open to visitors twice a month and on other days by appointment. Although we operate on a cost-neutral basis, it is necessary to charge for some of our services. Details are available by emailing the library team at

St Bride retains many of its original features, including the baths, laundry, printing rooms and library. As part of the Foundation’s original mission to provide for the community, many of the building’s unique and characterful spaces are available to hire whether for meetings, weddings or classes.

St Bride also houses the popular Bridewell Theatre, and Bridewell Bar (once the laundry), and hosts a year-round programme of plays, comedy, music and exhibitions.

With some 65,000 visitors a year St Bride Foundation is a major London hub for the creative arts in London. We look forward to welcoming you soon.


St Bride Foundation St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, EC4Y 8EQ London


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