Volume 56 - Autumn 2023


Job Opportunities

Book Works, 19 Holywell Row, London, EC2A 4JB

Job Opportunity - Editor, Book Works (3 days per week)
Salary: £35,000 (pro-rata £21,000 ) per annum
Permanent Contract, probation period 8 weeks
Application deadline: 22 November, 5pm
Interviews: 6th-12th December 2023, at Book Works or online by arrangement

Book Works seeks an experienced new editor to work with the publishing team on our programme of artists' book commissions.

You will assist the Director with the commissioning of new publications and projects, and managing the editorial and production process. You will work on new commissions with artists and writers, on projects that are often experimental, and need close reading, developmental edits, copyediting and proofreading, fact checking, and image permissions. You will work with graphic designers and printers on the production and printing of books. The position requires experience of working on similar or comparable texts or publications, as well as an interest in contemporary art, print culture and artists' publishing.

Book Works is committed to making a positive impact to address inequality and discrimination. Through our work, employment and audience engagement, we pursue a programme that foregrounds social justice in the arts. Our programme reflects our desire to work with artists and writers from the global majority who are often unrecognised by mainstream institutions, and those from liberation or historically marginalised groups. You will work closely with artists and writers and play a key role in ensuring our principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are foregrounded in our work. You will also work towards new ways of improving our commitment to climate justice.

To apply please submit your CV, completed equalities form and a covering letter to gavin@bookworks.org.uk, with Editor in the subject. If you have any questions about this process, or access needs that you would like to discuss please get in touch.

For a full job description and equalities form please click here.

West Dean College, West Sussex

Subject Leader sought for West Dean's 2-year, full-time, Foundation Degree Arts: Books and Binding

West Dean College is launching a two-year, full-time, Foundation Degree (FdA) in Books and Binding and we are looking for experts in the field to lead and contribute to this programme. Could this be you?

The FdA introduces students to craft skills in bookbinding and pre-industrialised book-making and their interpretation into contemporary fine binding and artist led book design or as a route into further conservation training. This sits alongside West Dean's other FdA, programmes in clocks, furniture, metalwork and musical instruments. There will be an annual intake of 5-7 students and there is the option to continue onto a third year, equivalent to a Batchelor's Degree or move onto the Books and Library Materials pathway of the Graduate Diploma and MA Conservation Studies programmes.

West Dean is a global provider in specialist, creative-based education and this includes teaching traditional craft skills, so they can be applied in fresh ways and have continued relevance to society. www.westdean.ac.uk

The practical aspects of the programme will be delivered in a dedicated workspace for bookbinding. There are also core studies that are delivered across all the FdA pathways. In the first year students develop bench craft skills in bookbinding with an introduction to letterpress and papermaking. Project work focuses on using appropriate materials, processes and techniques. Core studies include materials technology, technical drawing and historical/contextual studies.

In the second year of the programme, students refine their skills and explore developing historically inspired new work and/or are introduced to the repair and conservation of books. Core studies focus on business and professional skills, such as pricing, record-keeping, tax and insurance, marketing and intellectual property. Students have the opportunity to complete a one-month work placement which can be key to helping students identify what they would like to do when they leave college.

If you think this is something that you would be interested in taking leadership of or contributing to, do have a look at the subject leader role description at this download link Please note, the application deadline has been extended until the end of August. We appreciate that a lack of available programmes in bookbinding means that training and mentoring in academic assessment and feedback would probably need to be provided by West Dean. Although initially advertised as a 3-day a week post, this is negotiable as the workload will increase as we recruit more students for the following year.

Informal enquiries and discussions are always welcomed by tim.bolton@westdean.ac.uk - Head of School of Arts or lizzie.neville@westdean.ac.uk - Interim FdA Books Subject Leader and Head of School of Conservation. Bookbinding needs you!

Temple Bookbinders, Oxford
Permanent Position

Temple Bookbinders Limited, has a full time position for a Gold Finisher and hand book binder.

37.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday 08.00-16 00.

The bindery based at Paternoster Farm, 107 Cassington Road, Yarnton, Oxford. OX5 1QB. Proven skill experience / qualification in gold finishing essential.

Please call Ian Barnes 01865 451940
or email ian@templebookbinders.co.uk to discuss role and arrange an interview.

Box Maker, Battersea, London.

Salary: £20,000.00-£30,000.00 per annum dependant on experience.
Hours: 8.00-18.00, Monday to Thursday (40 hours a week), but can be flexible.
Benefits: 17 days' annual leave (plus bank holiday), staff parties, employee assistance programme, company pension scheme, season loan ticket, Cyclescheme.

The Chelsea Bindery, launched by Peter Harrington in 2000, specialises in traditional fine book binding and preservation boxes. One of only a handful of binderies remaining that still practises the centuries old tradition of fine leather bookbinding, the Chelsea Bindery prides itself on the quality of its work and only uses the finest materials.

We are looking for a full-time box maker to join our team of 5 as soon as possible. You will be trained as a full-time box maker, using both leather and cloth. Ideally, we are looking for someone with some leather work experience but would be willing to train the right candidate. Applicants should be naturally creative, dextrous and meticulous with a keen interest in leather work and the workings of a traditional book bindery.

Please do take a look at our website www.peterharrington.co.uk/chelsea-bindery/bookbinding-services and you will see more information on our various house styles.

Applicants should send their CV and cover letter directly to: emma@peterharrington.co.uk

Fine Bookbinder, West London

Blissetts are a long established 4th generation family business with a Royal Warrant to Her Majesty The Queen for bookbinding services, we are based in West London and specialise in all things to do with printing & binding.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual to join our specialist department who undertake leather work, box making, tooling & blocking, restoration, fine binding plus many other things and special projects that are undertaken on a regular basis.

- Based in Brentford, West London, close to tube, rail & bus links
- Full time position available immediately, 37.5 hours. Monday to Thursday 7.30am to 4pm and 7.30am to 1pm Friday
- Either an individual with bookbinding experience or an individual who has the ability to work well with their hands and has a specific interest in training as a bookbinder
- Pay will depend on the applicants experience
- Working well in a team, attention to detail and enthusiasm to make the highest quality / beautiful products are key skills for this position

For further information, please contact:
Chris Blissett at chris.blissett@blissetts.com or on 020 8992 3965

Bookbinder in Oxford

Maltby's the Bookbinders have been established in Oxford since 1834 and with Green Street Bindery make up Kemp Hall Bindery Ltd. To know more about us visit our website, www.maltbysbookbinders.com.

We have a vacancy for an experienced hand bookbinder capable of carrying out some or all of the following functions:
- Antiquarian Book Repairs
- Limited Edition Leather Bindings
- Journal Binding
- Foil Blocking

Monday to Thursday 7:00am to 12:00pm and 12:30pm to 3:30pm
Friday 7:00am to 12:30pm - total 37.5 hours per week.

Annual Holiday: 26 days plus Bank Holidays

In the first instance, please send CV to:

Garry Phipps
Maltby's the Bookbinders
Horspath Trading Centre
Pony Road
Oxford, OX4 2RD

Email: greenstbindery@aol.com

Partner for established bindery, North Wales

- must love books, politics & the Welsh language
- must be keen, if not a bookbinder, to learn hand-sewing, hot foil blocking & other worthwhile skills.

For further information, please contact:
BOOKBANE, Felin Fawr, Bethesda LL57 4YY
01248 600 632

Opportunities at the Chelsea Bindery in London

We are always interested in hearing from experienced bookbinders who might have something to contribute to our team.

Please send CVs to emma@peterharrington.co.uk

Booked Images, Wokingham

We are a local bindery specialising in hand crafted photo books. We are looking for an apprentice to join us. We are based in Wokingham which is near Reading in Berkshire. We are quite desperate for a binder or a trainee book binder to help our head binder, especially for our Christmas rush.

For further information, please contact Nicole Sheard at:

Booked Images
Unit 9, Barkham Grange, Barkham Street, Barkham
Nr Wokingham
RG40 4PJ

Tel: 0118 976 2796
Email: nicole@bookedimages.com

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