Understanding Book Bindings with Mariluz Beltran de Guevara PGD ACR AFHA and Flavio Marzo

Ref: L1D13626

Location: London
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Course Description

This training day is 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. Participants will have an opportunity to learn, leaving aside decoration and the printed word, how to identify structural features in handmade books. Using a series of models and hand-made bookbindings, the tutors will help you understand those features and how to look at antique books beyond their content and their immediate external appearance. You will learn the foundation of condition assessing and how to use basic damage and binding features terminology. The tutors will guide you through the most common modern binding styles, concentrating on the materials and techniques used in their construction and the various reasons why they might degrade. The day will conclude with a session on safe handling and the use of various devises to help minimise the risks of mechanical damage.


Timetable for one day courses held at the British Library in London.

Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Classes are from 9.30 - 4.30pm.

A working lunch in the Foyle Room is included.


Mariluz Beltran de Guevara - Tutor at West Dean

Mariluz Beltran de Guevara PGD ACR AFHA

Mariluz Beltran de Guevara has been an accredited book and paper conservator since 2008 and is a specialist in the conservation of parchment manuscripts. She graduated from Camberwell College of Arts in 1996 and gained a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Rare Books and Manuscripts from West Dean College, Sussex University in 1997. She has run courses in the UK, Patmos, Greece and on the Preservation Studies programme in St. Gemini, Italy.

Flavio Marzo - Tutor at West Dean

Flavio Marzo

Flavio Marzo is an ICON Accredited Book Conservator with an extensive experience both as bench conservator and conservation manager. Working at the British Library, Flavio was involved in large scale digitisation projects and was appointed conservator for high profile projects like the Codex Sinaiticus Digitisation Project and the acquisition of the St. Cuthbert Gospel by the BL. Outside of his official work, Flavio has run courses and workshops in book conservation and historical books structures in UK, Italy and Greece and has worked for the Italian government as quality officer in book conservation. 

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