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This is a new feature on the Ligatus website, in which we plan to make available short essays, observations, queries and comments on matters relating to bookbinding that might not get an airing elsewhere. We will be happy to consider adding contributions from anyone who has something of relevance and interest to offer – please contact Ligatus and we will get back to you.

UAL awards Chris Clarkson an Honourary Doctorate

It is with great pleasure that we can record that Christopher Clarkson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate on 16 July by the University of the Arts London, in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to the conservation of parchment and paper manuscripts, early printed books and book-bindings. It was an occasion on which to remember his first contact with the then independent Camberwell College of Arts and Crafts as a 13-year-old schoolboy and to mark his continuing dedication to the education of young conservators not only in the United Kingdom but across the world.

Open Lecture on Byzantine Bookbinding

Ligatus and CCW Graduate School at the University of the Arts London present an open lecture by George Boudalis "From overcasting to twining: new insights into the making of endbands in the Byzantine bookbinding tradition and their relation to textile weaving".

Monday, 16th April, 5.30pm
Lecture Theatre, Block A
Chelsea College of Art and Design
16 John Islip Street
London, SW1P 4JU
Admission free but please RSVP to e.warner @

Website migration complete

The Ligatus website has now been moved to a new server and we hope that you will notice the dramatic increase of speed. Various details still need sorting but most of the content and functionality should be there. Apologies for yesterday's minor disruption.


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