Scotland Group: Paper Cradle Making for Exhibition Display of Books

Learn the basics of bespoke book cradle construction, mounting techniques and their requirements

During this one-day workshop, delegates will learn how two different book conservators, Abigail Bainbridge and Brannah Mackenzie, make their bespoke paper cradles to support bound material while on exhibition display.

The workshop is being hosted by V&A Dundee, in their extraordinary building in the heart of the city which is easily accessible by train.

The workshop will cover:
  • The basics of determining safe opening angles for a book
  • Measuring for, and making cradles of two designs using conservation board
  • How to strap the book to secure it

Participants will be provided with tools and books to use for the day and will be guided through making at least one cradle to take home.

The group will discuss options for other types of bindings with specific needs and how the cradles can be modified to fit accordingly.

This event is a collaboration between the University of St Andrews University, V&A Dundee and the Icon Scotland Group

About the venue:

Located on the river Tay waterfront, directly across the road from Dundee train station, V&A Dundee is Scotland’s first design museum and the only other V&A museum in the world outside London.

The building was designed by internationally acclaimed Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, inspired by the dramatic cliffs along the east coast of Scotland, and is the show piece of the £1 billion, 30-year regeneration of Dundee’s waterfront.

Described by Kuma as ‘a living room for the city’ we are delighted to be welcomed into this extraordinary building for the workshop.