Workshop: Nicholas Pickwoad (University of the Arts London, Camberwell), “Who read the books and where and when did they do so? The value of bookbindings in the study of the humanities”

The bookbinder occupied an important place in the production of books, standing between the producer of text whether manuscript or printed and the consumer of text, whether that be an institution or a private individual.  A close analysis of a binding can offer the possibility of identifying not only where and when a book may have been prepared for reading, but also for what sort of use and even for what sort of owner. This seminar will look at a selection of books that have particular stories to tell through the different ways in which their bindings were made.

Professor Nicholas Pickwoad trained in bookbinding and book conservation with Roger Powell, and ran his own workshop from 1977 to 1988, and has been Advisor on book conservation to the National Trust since 1978.  He was Chief Conservator in the Harvard University Library from 1992 to 1995 and is now project leader of the St. Catherine’s Monastery Library Project based at the University of the Arts London where he is Director of the Ligatus Research Centre, which is dedicated to the history of bookbinding.

An identical workshop will be held later in the afternoon on the same day, 11/8, from 2-4 pm.

Space in the workshops is limited and priority will be given to Harvard University students.  If you would like to attend, please contact Monique Duhaime ( to reserve a morning or afternoon seat.

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 10:00
Houghton Library, Seminar Room
Harvard Yard
02138 Cambridge, MA
United States