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Doug Mitchell – (Bookbinding)

  • Highly-respected expert in Bookbinding and Book Restoration
  • Conservator at the British Library in London
  • Tremendously experienced & popular Tutor
  • More courses run due to demand!

Doug is truly the best at his craft (so many people keep on telling us this) and is always highly-praised by his students here at Higham.  Binding is a fantastic skill used to restore old tomes and to create new ones and the genuine techniques employed can often be traced back centuries.


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“Excellent as ever.”

“Fantastic weekend, course and tutor wonderful as usual.”

“Course content and tutor excellent.”

“Doug was kindness itself.”

“The tutor excellent.”

“Excellent weekend, thank you.”

“Very good course, with clear instructions.”

“Always a joy to come and be so well tutored and well fed. Many thanks to the Higham team and Doug. I hope to return soon.”

“Excellent as always”

“Fab course as always. Very Comfy room. Wonderful food (note to self eat less!!) Thank you for a lovely time.”

“Fantastic W/E as usual”

“Wonderful , I have really enjoyed the course, learned loads from a fantastic tutor, facilities & food excellent. Couldn’t ask for anymore.”

Upcoming Courses

March 2018


March 8th at 18:30 to March 11th at 13:30
Higham Hall College, Bassenthwaite Lake
Cockermouth, Cumbria CA13 9SH United Kingdom

The C7th manuscript copy of St John's Gospel (the oldest European book) was buried alongside St Cuthbert on Lindisfarne around 698AD. Make a larger version of this pocket-sized binding, sew sections together, prepare wood boards, create the design using hemp cord and pieces of leather, sew Coptic headbands, cover in leather and decorate with blind tooling. Doug Mitchell (Northamptonshire www.highamhall.com/doug-mitchell) Residential: £319 Non-residential: £223 (Materials at cost c£30)

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