Traditional bookbinding showcase at Library

Swan Hill region residents will have the opportunity to access traditional bookbinding services during a demonstration day at the Swan Hill Regional Library on Tuesday, 18 May.

Swan Hill Rural City Council Libraries Manager, Camille Cullinan said a practitioner in the ancient art of traditional bookbinding would be highlighting the lost trade during the demonstration day.

“The session, to be hosted by a practitioner in the ancient art of traditional bookbinding, will showcase this lost trade.

“There will be an opportunity to advise and assess people’s heirloom books and historic documents during the visit also,” Ms Cullinan added.

Ms Cullinan said traditional bookbinding is a specialised field where books are made and restored all by hand using the methods and techniques of the ancient artisans.

“Most bookbinding over the past few decades has changed to mechanic binding leaving traditional bookbinders scarce, which is why they are now classed as a lost trade,” she said.

Ms Cullinan said the demonstration would include a display of the specialised tools used for bookbinding and leather gold tooling and examples of before and after restorations.

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