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.


August 2020 Please note that all courses until the end of August 2020 have been cancelled because of Covid-19 and the need for social distancing
September 2020

7-9 Sep


Please note that this course has had to be cancelled

C&G Level 2 cityandguilds Design Course (Unit 201/202)

Daffodil Barn

15-17 Sep


C&G Level 3 cityandguilds Module Leather Reback Daffodil Barn

21- 25 Sep


C&G Level 1 cityandguilds Course in Bookbinding (Unit 118) Daffodil Barn

25 Sep


Introduction Session (approx two hours) Tedworth House (Avon Room)

30 Sep – 2 Oct


C&G Level 3 Module cityandguilds – Library Bindings Daffodil Barn
October 2020

8 Oct


C&G Level 3 Module cityandguilds Edge Decoration Daffodil Barn

12-14 Oct


C&G Level 3 Module cityandguilds – Qtr Leather Drop Back Box Daffodil Barn

16-18 Oct


C&G Level 1 Second Award cityandguilds Photo Albums and Slip Cases (Unit 119 – Part1) Daffodil Barn

24-25 Oct


C&G Level 1 Second Award cityandguilds Photo Albums and Slip Cases (Unit 119 – Part 2) Daffodil Barn

30 Oct


Introduction Course (approx two hours) Tedworth House (Avon Room)
November 2020

2-4 Nov


C&G Level 2 cityandguilds Design Course (Unit 201/202) Daffodil Barn

9-10 Nov

(Mon- Tue)

Paper Marbling Daffodil Barn

16-20 Nov


C&G Level 1 cityandguilds Course in Bookbinding (Unit 118) Daffodil Barn

23-27 Nov


C&G Level 2 First Award cityandguilds Leather Case Binding (Unit 220) Daffodil Barn

27 Nov


Introduction Course (approx two hours) Tedworth House (Avon Room)
December 2020

7-11 Dec


C&G Level 1 cityandguilds Second Award – Photo albums and Slip Cases (Unit 119) Daffodil Barn

11 Dec


Introduction Course (approx two hours) Tedworth House (Avon Room)