Hands-On Posts

Two events on book bindings! (May 25 / 27)

On May 25 and May 27, the CERL Working group for book bindings will arrange two online events dedicated to different aspects of historical book bindings. The working group’s overall objective is to promote the interest for and the knowledge of all aspects of historical book bindings. One major issue is to complement traditional library cataloguing of book bindings with more images, on-line resources and information as traditional library cataloguing is often not sufficient for discovery of this highly interesting heritage resource.  

There will be a live presentation at each event and a week before the occasions we will also distribute links of pre-recorded presentations to those who have registered. These pre-recorded presentations will broaden the perspectives on different historical book bindings and bookbinding related resources. After the live presentations there will be a Questions & Answers session where the participants will be able to ask questions and discuss with the presenters of both the live and the pre-recorded presentations together with members from the CERL book bindings WG. 


May 25 15.00-16.30 CET (2 -3.30 PM UK-time)  

Bettina Wagner from Staatsbibliothek Bamberg will present: A mediaeval horn binding and its modern reproduction – the Bamberg Psalter 

The pre-recorded presentations are: 

Eliana dal Sasso from the University of Hamburg, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures: 

Ethiopian Bookbinding:  Variations in the Tradition 

Andrew Honey and Matthew Holford from the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford:  

Meet the manuscripts: judging a book by its cover. 

Athanasios Velios from The Ligatus Research Centre, University of the Arts, London:  

St. Catherine’s condition- survey: Considerations for linked data  

May 27 15.00-16.30 CET (2 -3.30 PM UK-time)  

Elizabeth Quarmby Lawrence, Rare Books Librarian from the University of Edinburgh will present: Edinburgh Women Bookbinders of the Arts and Crafts Movement. 

The pre-recorded presentations are: 

Philippa Marks: Curator Bookbindings, Printed Heritage Collections, British Library. 

The British Library Image Database of Bookbindings 1996-2021… and beyond. 

Alberto Campagnolo, Università degli Studi di Udine and Rachel di Cresce, University of Toronto  

Recording bookbinding structures and their visualizations as communication tools  

Professor Nicholas Pickwoad. Former director of the Ligatus Research Centre:

Looking under the cover: the analysis of an early seventeenth-century laced-case parchment-covered binding.  

Both events will be on Zoom. Please register by sending an email with your contact details to secretariat@cerl.org before May 20 and the text “CERL Book bindings events” as heading and please also specify which event you wish to register for, May 25 or May 27, or both. 

I you have any questions, please send them to: per.cullhed@ub.uu.se 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *