Training Courses

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.

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 held in our own classroom at the Daffodil Barn, and are normally run as full-time 3-day or 5-day courses.

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.


Aug 19
3-4 Aug C&G Level 1 (Unit 118 – Part 2). cityandguilds Daffodil Barn
Sep 19
9-13 Sep C&G Level 1 (Unit 118). cityandguilds Pamphlet and Multi-section Bindings Daffodil Barn
16-18 Sep C&G Level 3 Diploma. cityandguilds Library-style Binding Daffodil Barn
23-25 Sep C&G Level 3 Diploma. cityandguilds Limp Vellum Binding Daffodil Barn
27 Sep Introduction Course Tedworth House (Avon Room)
Oct 19
1-2 Oct Level 3 Module – Paper Repairs Daffodil Barn
3 Oct C&G Level 3  Diploma cityandguilds Edge Decoration Daffodil Barn
14-18 Oct C&G Level 1 (Unit 119). cityandguilds Photograph Albums and Slipcase Daffodil Barn
21-25 Oct C&G Level 2 (Unit 221). cityandguilds Alternative and Historical Bindings Daffodil Barn
25 Oct Introduction Course Tedworth House (Avon Room)
29-30 Oct C&G Level 3 Diploma. cityandguilds Rebacking a Cloth Book Daffodil Barn
Nov 19
11-13 Nov C&G Level 2 (Units 201). cityandguilds Design Course Daffodil Barn
18-20 Nov C&G Level 3 Diploma. cityandguilds Rebacking a Leather Book Daffodil Barn
29 Nov – 1 Dec         (Fri-Sun) C&G Level 1 – Course in Bookbinding (Unit 118 – Part 1). cityandguilds Daffodil Barn
29 Nov Introduction Course Tedworth House (Avon Room)
Dec 19
3-5 Dec C&G Level 3 Diploma. cityandguilds Artist’s Portfolio, Phase Box and Lift-off Lid Box Daffodil Barn

7-8 Dec


C&G Level 1 cityandguilds Course in Bookbinding (Unit 118 – Part 2) Daffodil Barn
 20 Dec Introduction Course  Tedworth House (Avon Room)