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Another Bio to Contemplate

To keep the ball rolling with the introductions here is mine!

My career started at the age of ten when I bound my first book,
(father is also a bookbinder/conservator) from then on I 
was hooked.

I joined the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, England in 1980 as an 
apprentice and learned from the ground up. I have since been promoted 
from Binder to Conservator and now to Deputy Bindery Manager covering 
quite a lot of ground in the meantime (Disaster recovery,bookbinding,boxing,
paper conservation and designer binding etc.). I have experience of working 
in local county archive repair room and am a supply teacher for a 
local school of art and design. (teaching bookbinding to degree level 
art students and trade apprentices)
I also take private commissions and we have a privately run  
binding course involving three night classes a week and sixty-five 
students. (this is always heavily over-subscribed)
Outside of this I am also active in a local society which has an 
interest in printing and I am Deputy Chairman of the North-East Region 
of the Society of Bookbinders. (somehow in the middle of all this I'm 
trying to restore a rusty old MG!)

Hope I haven't bored you too much with this.

PS I agree with the theory about the electronic book. I think there is 
still life in the paper copy yet and printing and binding is enjoying 
a lot of attention here these days. 

Mr Owen Bradford
Deputy Manager
Bindery and Conservation Workshop
The Robinson Library
University of Newcastle Upon Tyne

Tel : (+44) (091)-222-7663
Fax : (+44) (091)-222-6235

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