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Bookbindings: Ancient and Modern

Tuesday 2nd April 2019 to Thursday 11th April 2019
10:00 - 16:00
Library, (accessed from South Transept)*
Bookbindings: Ancient & Modern
Come and visit our beautiful library for a special exhibition on ancient and modern book bindings. 
This exhibition is part of our Beyond the Library Door - Sharing Books and Bindings project enabling us to improve our catalogue information of the library's many thousands of books as well as making the collection more widely known.  One feature of the books we are particularly interested in are the bindings - in many cases works of art in their own right!  The exhibition will include books with particularly decorative bindings including leather bindings with detailed embossed images, a book with silver clasps and a beautiful, but rather fragile, pocket sized embroidered seventeenth century book of psalms.  We are also very pleased that alongside the historic books from the cathedral library the Wessex Guild of Bookbinders will be displaying examples of the modern art of bookbinding created by their own members.  Do come and see the contrast of the ancient and modern!
During the exhibition, every day at 2pm, come and hear a mini talk by one of the library volunteers on a book that they're discovered themselves in the library and why it caught their eye.  Be prepared for a different talk each day!  
Booking Details
This event is Free, included in your donation to the Cathedral.
* (12:00-16:00 on a Sunday)
Due to access restrictions, this tour may not be suitable for some.
Further events that may be of interest to you 
Beyond the Library Door Discovery Day: Saturday 6th April, 09:00-17:00
A special binding focused library discovery day as part our Beyond the Library Door Project.  
11:00-12.30 Exploring bookbinding in Salisbury Octahedral Library
A talk by Dr Anne Dutton, assistant librarian.  Anne will be talking about some of the book bindings she is recording in our new catalogue database followed by an opportunity to see the books close up.  
14:00-16.30: Drop In Book Binding Workshop 
Have a go at making a simple bound notebook.  Suitable for adults and children over 8yrs.  Younger children can have a go at decorating a medieval illuminated letter.

All events on this day are Free, included in your donation to the Cathedral.


These events are funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.