Karen Vidler

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Karen studied fine bookbinding and paper conservation at Guildford College before completing post graduate studies in book conservation at West Dean College. Her area of specialisation is the assessment of bookbinding leather for bookbinding and conservation work.  Her current research, as part of her studies for an MA in Education, explores better ways of teaching bookbinding and conservation skills in higher education and vocational training. Karen has worked as a Book Conservator with the National Archives in Kew, London, the V&A Museum, London and The Leather Conservation Centre, UK.  She has managed Book Conservation Services since 2006 and taught in the UK, Australia, Europe and East Asia.

Further information about Karen’s practical work and teaching can be found at:
Website: www.bookconservationservices.com/staff/portfolio

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Philippa Räder

PhilippaPhilippa Räder is Head of the Royal Bindery at Windsor Castle, responsible for the preservation and conservation of books, manuscripts and archives within the Royal Collection and Royal Household, as well as the production of new fine binding work, primarily for presentation as state and other official gifts. Initially trained at the Getty Research Institute in California and subsequently holding positions at The Huntington Library, California and The National Archives (UK) before joining the staff of the Royal Collection, she is an Accredited Conservator-Restorer through the Institute of Conservation and a Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation. Philippa also directs The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme: a pilot programme of a new five-year apprenticeship in hand bookbinding based in the Royal Bindery, funded and supported by a wide group of charities and institutions. In addition to regularly presenting at national and international conferences and seminars, she is Chairman of the London & South region of the Society of Bookbinders and co-founder of Book Camp residential summer bookbinding classes.




Dominic Riley

Dominic RileyDominic Riley is a bookbinder, lecturer and teacher. He studied Art History and English at Leeds University, and bookbinding at the London College of Printing. He lived for ten years in San Francisco, where he founded the bookbinding programme at the Center for the Book: he returns there each summer to teach. He has his bindery in the Lake District, from where he travels across the UK teaching and lecturing. He specializes in restoration and design binding, and has won many prizes in various competitions. He was elected Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 2008. His bindings are in collections worldwide, including the British Library, the Grolier Club in New York and the V&A. In 2013 he won first prize, the Sir Paul Getty Award, in the International Bookbinding Competition. Dominic co-founded both the SoB Seminar and the SoB/DB joint workshop series. He is President of the Society of Bookbinders.