Tuition at Brignell Bookbinders

After numerous requests to provide tuition on a regular basis, we re-located to Gwydir Street, allowing us to offer the facilities to teach bookbinding to anyone wishing to learn, bringing another dimension to the workshop. We have visiting interns (mostly international) who come along for six months or so and we have regular groups of students all at different levels of skill. We offer beginners workshops as well as simply providing the space for some of our more experienced students to come along and work alongside us on their own project. We are there to give advice if they need it but otherwise they simply become a familiar and comfortable part of the working week. There is tremendous variety among those we teach. From those who are young and have not quite worked out what their profession will be, to those with full time jobs in medicine, law and education who come for just a couple of hours a week, and also those who have retired and found a new passion in bookbinding.

We offer workshops on Tuesday evening from 16.00-19.00 at our Cambridge bindery.

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"I had some damaged and tatty books that needed repair, and pamphlets that I wanted to bind up. Barry's workshop was a great discovery, and I was surprised at how possible these projects, and others since then, have been under Barry's guidance. More than that, working with my hands and learning new skills has been very satisfying and fun."


"I have been coming to Tuesday evening workshops with Barry for just over three years and, having started as a complete beginner, have learned to rebind books, repair their spines, mend paper, and all sorts of other tasks. From day one, I was able to tailor the sessions to my own individual projects under Barry's expert guidance. He makes sure I do the work to the best of my abilities whilst being encouraging about my progress. As a collector of old books this has been a fantastic way to look after my collection whilst developing skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. I highly recommend it."