INTRODUCTION TO BOXMAKING 1: Solander Box 09/03/2024
INTRODUCTION TO BOXMAKING 1: Solander Box 09/03/2024
Location London Centre for Book Arts
Instructor Simon Goode
Date Saturday 09 March 2024
Time 10am–5:30pm

Suitable for beginners or those with some bookbinding experience. Join us for practical, hands-on workshops led by experts at the London Centre for Book Arts.

During this workshop participants will learn to make by hand a box with a hinged lid perfect for storing, archiving and presenting books, prints and anything that needs safe-keeping. Originally invented for use at the British Museum to catalogue their natural history collection, the Solander (or "clamshell") box or case has become a popular box construction with a wide array of uses.

Upon completion of the workshop, participants will leave with their own hand-made Solander box (in their choice of covering materials) and the skills to make more at home using minimal equipment. You may also be interested in: Introduction to Boxmaking 2: Lidded Box 24/06/2023

All materials and tools provided.


London Centre for Book Arts is an internationally recognised artist-run, open-access studio with a focus on books and publications. Since 2012, LCBA has been at the forefront of teaching and promoting the heritage craft of bookbinding in the UK. Based on our popular workshops, Making Books: a guide to creating hand-crafted books by the London Centre for Book Arts was published in 2017 and has since been published in eight different languages.

Workshop participants receive 10% discount on purchases made in-person from the LCBA Shop on the day of the workshop.

Workshops will be small (up to eight participants and an instructor) and held in a spacious workshop studio. We will do our utmost to maintain a safe environment but we also ask that participants exercise a bit of caution and sensitivity to others and their surroundings. We will be closely monitoring official health and safety guidance, so please bear with us if and when there are any updates.

Masks: following the latest government guidelines regarding face coverings for adult education providers, masks and face coverings are not mandatory in the LCBA studios – although we still encourage visitors to wear one when appropriate.

Cancellation policy: If you are unable to make a class, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can re-list it. We are a very small organisation and proceeds from each ticket goes towards crucial overheads. Cancellations made after 14 days before the date of the workshop will not be refundable.

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– LCBA is wheelchair accessible and barrier free.
– There are accessible and gender neutral toilets.
– Public transport options to LCBA can be seen here: but the routes from stations to LCBA has uneven pavements that are narrow.
– There are two disabled parking spaces just across the road from the entrance to LCBA.

Please contact us for more information on access.