Workshops & Courses

Upcoming events

Arthur has been teaching since 2012 and has lectured for organisations including the Society of Bookbinders, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation and (ICON) the Institute of Conservation. Workshops and courses at Green’s Books are given in small groups and give step-by-step tuition in various bookbinding and conservation techniques. Unless otherwise stated workshops and courses are held at the studio near Malvern, and run from 10:00am to 4:30pm. Tea/coffee, handouts and materials are included in the fee unless otherwise specified.

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Cancellation policy: On request, places will be rescheduled subject to availability and at the discretion of Green’s Books. Refunds are as follows: notice of one month or more  = 100% refund; notice of two weeks or more = 50% refund. In addition, a £10 fee will be applied to all cancellations.

Understanding Bookbindings, Monday 27th & Tuesday 28th June 2022, 10.00 – 4.00pm, £300. An immersive two-day seminar aimed at librarians, archivists, volunteers and anyone working with collections of historic bindings who would like to understand more about the books that they handle. Leaving aside fancy decoration and the printed word, the course will focus on the structural features of bookbindings, their development over time, and why they degrade. Participants will experience a variety of historic bindings first-hand, including access to the collection at Gloucester Cathedral Library. The course will also include sessions on materials and formats, safe handling, and a tour of the Cathedral Library.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is being hosted at Gloucester Cathedral Library. To book, see Gloucester Cathedral.



Leather Paring at the Society of Bookbinders 2022 Conference.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop is part of the Society of Bookbinders 2022 Conference. To book, see Society of Bookbinders.





Stub Binding, Saturday 17th – Sunday 18th September 2022, £240. The stub binding was a popular binding style in the 19th century, for use on photograph albums and for binding maps. This versatile binding is still popular today and lends its self equally well to artists books, photographs albums, guest books and for housing single-sheet archival material. On the first day of the workshop you will learn how to fold and sew the sections and on day two you will make and decorate the covers. Suitable for all abilities.


Fish-skin binding: Making Fish parchment, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October 2022, £240. Tutor: Lena Krämer.

On this practical two-day course taught by Lena, you will make a book using homemade fish parchment. You will be instructed on how to turn fish skin into parchment, and will then use this to cover the spine of a three-piece paper case binding.

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Parchment Repair, Saturday 8th October 2022, £120 (+ £25 materials fee). Aimed at professional and student book and paper conservators, it is a practical day looking at conservation techniques used to repair parchment. The workshop will concentrate on parchment repairs using new repair-parchment and gelatine based adhesives. The day will include the selection and preparation of repair-parchment and the preparation of two adhesives: warm liquid gelatine and a cold gelatine mousse. Some practical techniques used to apply repairs will also be covered. Students will receive a small sample pack to take away.


Cambridge panel leather binding

SHORT COURSE: The Cambridge panel, Saturday 29th October 2022, £60.

Details to follow.

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