Training Courses Programme

All our courses are FREE to WIS veterans. To apply for any of this training, or to find out more, simply e-mail us at [email protected] or call the workshop on 01672 851979.

Introductory Lessons – As part of the Phoenix Centre’s Rolling Recovery Programme (RRP) at Tedworth House we provide monthly introductory bookbinding lessons available to those who are participating in the programme. These last under two hours and are designed to give Wounded Injured and Sick (WIS) veterans a taste of the basic skills and techniques we use, and an introduction to the tools and materials required for bookbinding. Every student goes away with a high-quality notebook that they will have made themselves. These sessions are great fun and very therapeutic, aiding both concentration and confidence. Regrettably these courses have been suspended for the foreseeable future.

Training Courses – We run a progressive series of courses in bookbinding that cater for the absolute beginner and cover all the skills needed to achieve a Level 3 City & Guilds certificate in bookbinding (for a list of the available courses, see our course list below.) Courses are normally held in our own classroom at the Daffodil Barn, and are normally run as full-time 3-day or 5-day course, however, during the current Covid-19 pandemic many courses have had to be cancelled and on-line tutorials via Zoom are being developed. See the table of courses below.

City & Guilds Awards – There is no requirement to apply for City & Guilds awards, but our members are automatically registered, and application for these nationally recognised qualifications is strongly encouraged. Courses and awards are available at Level 1, 2 and 3, and each course covers the syllabus of one City & Guilds “Unit”. By completing a Unit, a WIS member can achieve a single craft Award. For example, the successful completion of the Beginners’ Course (Unit 118) qualifies for a City & Guilds Award.

WIS members who wish to apply for a Certificate in Bookbinding simply need to complete the two Units for each Level and also one of our Craft Design courses. Awards and Qualifications are graded: at Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Explorer Notebook Making Days – In addition to the formal courses mentioned above there will be opportunities for Veterans to come to the Daffodil Barn and help in the production of Explorer Notebooks. All levels of bookbinding experience are welcome to assist in this Bound by Veterans project and is an opportunity for bookbinders to gain some wider experience.


June 2021
24-27 June    (Thu-Sun) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – Laced-on Bindings CANCELLED
July 2021
3-4 July            (Sat-Sun) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – Leather Entry Slipcase Daffodil Barn
12-16 July        (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1cityandguilds (Unit 118) –  Course in Bookbinding – Pamphlet and Multi-section Bindings Daffodil Barn

19-21 July (Mon-Wed) (Part 1)

26-27 July (Mon-Tue) (Part 2)

C&G Level 1 (Unit 119) cityandguilds Photograph Album & Slipcase (Online Course)

On-line Zoom

(10.00 – 16.00)

30 July – 1 August  (Fri-Sun) (Part 1) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – (Part 1) Quarter-Vellum binding over boards with paper covered sides. (Second part of course is 6-8 Aug) Daffodil Barn
August 2021
6-8 August        (Fri-Sun) (Part 2) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – (Part 2) Quarter-Vellum binding over boards with paper covered sides. (This follows on from first part of course 30 Jul – 1 Aug) Daffodil Barn


16-17 August (Mon-Tue) (Part 1)

23-25 August (Mon-Wed) (Part 2)

C&G Level 1cityandguilds (Unit 118) –  Beginners’ Course in Bookbinding – Pamphlet and Multi-section Bindings

On-line Zoom

(10.00 – 16.00)

September 2021
6-10 Sep   (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds (Unit 221) – Alternative and Historical Bindings Daffodil Barn
14-16 Sep  (Tue-Thu) C&G Level 3 Module  (Diploma) – Rebacking a Leather Book Daffodil Barn

20-22 Sep (Mon-Wed) (Part 1) &

27-28 Sep (Mon-Tue) (Part 2)

C&G Level 1 Course in Bookbinding cityandguilds (Unit 221) Non-adhesive bindings including Coptic bindings.

On-line Zoom

(10.00 – 16.00)

20-24 Sep (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1 cityandguilds (Unit 119) – Photograph Albums and Slipcases Daffodil Barn
October 2021
4-8 Oct       (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1 cityandguilds (Unit 118) – Pamphlet and Multi-section Bindings Daffodil Barn
15-17 Oct (Fri-Sun) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds (Unit 201) – Design and Sampling Daffodil Barn
22-24 Oct     (Fri-Sun) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – Quarter Leather Drop-back Box. Daffodil Barn
November 2021
4 Nov (Thu) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – Edge Decoration Daffodil Barn
6-10 Dec (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1cityandguilds (Unit 118) –  Course in Bookbinding – Pamphlet and Multi-section Bindings Daffodil Barn
8-12 Nov (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds (Unit 220) – Half Leather Case Bindings Daffodil Barn
22-26 Nov (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1 cityandguilds (Unit 119) – Photograph Albums and Slipcase Daffodil Barn