Traditional manuscript book skills

Sunday 30 September 2018


To be added to the waiting list please call 01243 811021 or email [email protected]

The course

This workshop explains how ancient manuscript books were created, from the preparation and treatment of vellum skins for the pages, to the curing and cutting of quills, making ink, and laying of gold leaf. It will introduce and demonstrate the practical skills required, and you will have a go at writing with quills before designing your own initials to build onto a vellum bookmark.

The tutors

Josie Brown has been a professional in the lettering arts for over 30 years and her commissions for the military, education and private sectors include bookbinding, gilding and heraldry. Josie is a Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society accredited tutor and assessor, and teaches these traditional and contemporary skills country-wide.

Participant information

All equipment will be provided. It is advisable to wear warm layers as the Gridshell can be cool.

Fee and refreshments

£85 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements.


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