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Bookbinding - Making a modern scholar’s notebook from recycling

Bookbinding - Making a modern scholar’s notebook from recycling

Josefin Jimenez
Special Collections and Archives, Glucksman Library, University of Limerick

The scholar's binding in Ireland occupies a unique position, as a vessel for language and scholarship, and for the continuation of the Irish manuscript tradition.

In this online lecture and tutorial, organisers will touch briefly on the scholar’s binding - what it is and why it is so special in Ireland - and then look at a couple of scholar’s bindings in the Bolton Library at the University of Limerick.

The online event's main focus will be making our own notebooks using recycled materials, such as packaging, envelopes, food cartons and other materials generally lying about the house. No specialist tools or prior knowledge of bookbinding is required. Organisers are hoping to showcase Ireland's rich and unique manuscript tradition, and connect old and modern skills in a workshop suited for both young and old. There will be a limited number of spaces available and some preparatory work required, so registration is necessary.

The tutorial will take place on Thursday 20th August from 12.00-15.00 via Skype. To participate please email Josefin.jimenez@ul.ie and you will be added to the mailing list, and provided with a sign up link; some preparation and gathering of suitable materials will be necessary.

You can also follow along on Special and Distinctive - the Special Collections and Archives blog - where a materials and equipment list, along with resources, will be published.

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