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.

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.

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.


November 2020

23-27 Nov


C&G Level 2 Second Award cityandguilds Non Adhesive Binding (Unit 221)

[Regrettably this course has had to be cancelled because of the Covid19 lockdown]

Daffodil Barn

27 Nov


Introduction Course (approx two hours)

[Regrettably this course has had to be cancelled because of the Covid19 lockdown]

Tedworth House (Avon Room)
December 2020
1-2 Dec        (Mon-Tue) C&G Level 3 Module – Paper Repairs    [Regrettably this course has had to be cancelled because of the Covid19 lockdown] Daffodil Barn
7-11 Dec      (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1 cityandguilds Second Award – Photo albums and Slip Cases (Unit 119) Daffodil Barn
11 Dec (Fri) Introduction Course (approx two hours) Tedworth House (Avon Room)
14-18 Dec   (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 2,cityandguilds First Award – Leather Case Binding (Unit 220) Daffodil Barn
January 2021
18-20 Jan    (Mon-Tue) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds (Unit 201/202) – Design and Sampling Daffodil Barn
February 2021
1-5 Feb        (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1 cityandguilds (unit 118) Pamphlet and Multi-section bindings Daffodil Barn
11-14 Feb    (Thu-Sun) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) Storage & Enclosure 2 Daffodil Barn
22-26 Feb     (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds (Unit 221) – Non-adhesive Bindings Daffodil Barn
March 2021
8-10 Mar     (Mon-Wed) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) -Storage and Enclosure 1 Daffodil Barn
15-19 Mar   (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1 (Unit 119) Photograph Album & Slipcase Daffodil Barn
23-24 Mar    (Tue-Wed) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – Paper Repairs Daffodil Barn
April 2021
5-9 Apr         (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1 cityandguilds (Unit 118) – Pamphlet and Multi-Section Bindings Daffodil Barn
23-25 Apr       (Fri-Sun) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – 17thC-Style Laced-on Vellum Binding Daffodil Barn
May 2021
3-7 May       (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds (Unit 220) – Half Leather Case Binding Daffodil Barn
17-19 May  (Mon-Wed) C&G Level 2 cityandguilds (Unit 201/202) – Design and Sampling Daffodil Barn
22-23 May     (Sat-Sun) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – Gold Finishing Daffodil Barn
June 2021
1-2 June       (Tue-Wed) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – Re-backing a Cloth Book Daffodil Barn
7-11 June   (Mon-Fri) C&G Level 1 cityandguilds (Unit 119) – Photograph Albums and Slipcase Daffodil Barn
24-27 June (Thu-Sun) C&G Level 3 cityandguilds (Diploma) – Laced-on Boards Daffodil Barn