Bookbinding Masterclass

- , 10.30 - 17.00
Book binding
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  • From £157 – £185
    Concessions available

Take inspiration from the world's greatest collection of books, on this weekend masterclass.

On this two-day course, you will be introduced to a range of book structures and will learn the intricate art of folding, stitching and hand binding to produce a number of your own books.

Our course is designed to help you develop skills in handling and choosing appropriate tools and materials for creating hand bindings, with and without specialist equipment. You will be encouraged to explore your own ideas of design and production, and will gain the knowledge to develop your interests and skills at home.

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This masterclass is led by artist Shelagh McCarthy. Shelagh is a bookbinder and printmaker with a wealth of experience teaching adults with a broad range of abilities. As well as regularly contributing to the British Library’s learning programmes, she has designed and led creative workshops and courses for various London institutions including Central Saint Martins, the British Museum, Battersea Arts Centre and The Guardian Education Centre.

Previous skills, knowledge or experience

None required. This course is suitable for beginners or those with some knowledge of bookbinding who would like to refresh their skills.


Please email to discuss any access requirements.


When: - , 10.30 - 17.00
Price: From £157 – £185
Concessions available
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1937 546546
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