The Art, Craft and Science of Preserving the Written Past – Paul Taylor, Spiral Path Book Studio

  • Somerset Museum
  • November 3
  • 11:00 - 12:30
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This illustrated talk by Paul Taylor, an ICON Accredited Book and Paper Conservator and Bookbinder with over 30 years’ professional experience, will include a short history of book and paper conservation (including reference to the repair and rebinding of The Domesday Book at the National Archives), a case history of the repair of a Family Bible and general information regarding the long term care and storage of books, documents and photographs in the home environment. Conservation materials and samples will be available for handling.

You are invited to bring along your books or family history materials to get expert advice on the options for their repair and long term preservation.

Paul gained his Diploma in Book and Archive conservation in 1986 and then worked as a trainee at the National Archives in London under Don Gubbins, the Conservator who was responsible for the re-binding of the Domesday Book. Later Paul went on to work as a book and paper Conservator at Lancaster University, John Rylands University Library in Manchester and Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Canterbury.

In January 2004 he became the first Preservation Manager for Auckland Council in New Zealand and was responsible for setting up their Conservation Unit and establishing their Preservation and Disaster Preparedness Policies. Paul and his wife and co-director, Terry Bowden, established Spiral Path Book Studio Ltd in August 2005 as a private company undertaking book and paper conservation. They returned to the UK in 2017 and re-located the company to Langport in Somerset.’

For futher information on the services of Spiral Path Book Studio please contact them on:


Tel. 07738 497598

Shakspeare Glass, Great Western House, Westover, Langport TA10 9RB