Our Expertise

Bookbinding
Conservation
Case Making and Accessories
Finishing

January - March Term 2017

The dates for remainder the 2017 January-March Term are:

  • Wk 9 Mar 14th 2017
  • Wk 10 Mar 21st 2017
  • Wk 11 Mar 28th 2017 Free Week

April - July Summer Term 2017

The dates for the summer term 2017 are

  • Wk 1 25th April 2017
  • Wk 2 2nd May 2017
  • Wk 3 9th May 2017
  • Wk 4 16th May 2017
  • Wk 5 23rd May 2017
  • Half Term 30th May 2017
  • Wk 6 6th June 2017
  • Wk 7 13th June 2017
  • Wk 8 20th June 2017
  • Wk 9 27th June 2017
  • Wk 10 4th July 2017
  • Wk11 11th July 2017 Free Week

Please note: The free week is only free to those who have enrolled for the full term. Attendees who have enrolled for a half-term or for one off sessions will be required to pay an attendance fee as listed below.

Class Location

Our classes take place on the mezzanine floor at Tudor Bookbinding, 3 Lyon Close, Viking Road, Wigston, Leicester LE18 2BJ. Please note that if you are coming to one of our classes you need to enter via the side door next to the loading bay to the right of the building.


Costs

Class prices is dependent on the number of people attending and varies between £130 and £150 per term, depending on how many enrol. The cost of the class includes tuition, the use of all the groups equipment and basic materials.

Specialist materials such as gold leaf or binding leather you have to supply yourself.

If you want to do a half-term the cost is £80 for the half-term. Please note that persons enrolling for the half-term only are not entitled to the free class. They can attend that class at a reduced fee of £15.

One off sessions are charged at £20 per session, this includes the free week, it is only free for those who have registered for the full term.


Support

We have the services of a qualified tutor in the person of Nick Wells who is in attendance for most classes. In addition to Nick there are a number of members who hold BTec qualifications in bookbinding who are able to provide guidance.

Then there are the members, many of whom have been bookbinding for many years, some in a professional or semi-professional role. They are always happy to help each other out and provide guidance to other members.

Qualifications

The group does not currently provide any training for a formal qualification such as a BTech. This is due to the high cost of registration that is required for an organisation to be an accredited training supplier for such qualifications. Given the size of the group and the exclusive nature of the training carried out (e.g. solely bookbinding) it would not be economic for us to pursue a registration regime that is intended for organisations providing a wide range of training.

However, we do supply support for members who wish to apply for the Society of Bookbinders Certificate of Competence. Details of this qualification can be found on their site. SOB Certificate of Competence.

A number of group members have achieved or are currently working towards their Certificate of Competence.

Society of Bookbinders

The SoB is a national organisation the membership of which is open to both amateur and professional bookbinders.

Whilst the group is not part of or connected with the SoB a number of our members are members of the SoB. Indeed a number of them serve on the committee of the East Midlands Branch of the SoB.

Membership of the SoB is not a requirement to join the LBG, however, we do encourage members to join the SoB. Information on the SoB can be found on their web pages: Society of Bookbinders