Book-Bindings Conservation-Restoration after Christopher Clarksons Methods – the 18th Century Book

7th-11th Oct. 2013

Lecturer: Blanka Augustin MA

Book conservator-restorer as a person needs to be flexible and resourceful in many areas of work – in order to achieve this he/she needs to have comprehensive theoretical knowledge and lots of experience in practice.

During our five-day theoretical and practical course we will have a look at structural elements of a book and go through the making of conservation documentation. We will choose different materials and discuss their quality and properties. Participants will also have the opportunity to improve their manual skills and knowledge of the diversity of techniques by making their own book binding.

This course is designed for those who work with old books and are, in addition to books’ content, interested also in structural elements of a book, materials it consists of and the way these materials were created (conservators and restorers, librarians, archivists etc.)


Short CV

Blanka Avguštin Florjanovič got her MA in arts from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana in 2011. Her MA thesis was titled “Minimum Conservation-Restoration Intervention in Early Book-Bindings”. Between 1997 and 2001, she was a part-time student of library science and successfully finished her studies in 2002 with her diploma thesis titled “The Census of Book-Bindings (on the example of 23 books from the Franciscan Monastery Kostanjevica in Nova Gorica)”.

Since 1987 she has been working as counsellor on book conservation at the Book and Paper Conservation Centre at the Archives of the Republic of Slovenia. Over the years she has attended numerous courses on book and paper conservation. From 1997 on, she has been practising under the guidance of Christopher Clarkson, Oxford & West Dean College, England, and so far she has attended ten of his two-week courses.

From 2003 on, she has been a mentor to many undergraduate and postgraduate students at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Ljubljana and also to some foreign students.

Accommodation during the course is either within the building (guesthouse) or in a close hotel (hotel conditions) and is included in the price. The guesthouse offers a kitchen where participants can prepare own meals and the close connection to the venue is of advantage, but there is no TV and no telephone in the rooms. The hotel is 5 minutes to walk from the venue, but provides all facilities a hotel normally got.

In case you wish for a hotel room, please contact Mrs. Wieland immediately after your registration: wieland(at) (

For any questions concerning invoices or financial affairs also Mrs. Wieland is happy to assist you.

The course fee including nights from 7
th-11th October 2013 (4 nights) in the guesthouse costs 550 Euros plus 10% VAT.

After application you will be provided with further information.