Book a date now for Taalmonument’s advanced book repair and binding courses

Hard on the heels of a highly successful introductory course on book restoration, the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) in Paarl once again offers a course focusing on advanced techniques such as leather binding and gold-foiling from 28 to 30 October 2019. Book repair specialist George Wentzel’s course is suitable for beginners AND participants who have already acquired the basics of book and paper conservation. Wentzel, a qualified master bookbinder with over 45 years of experience, previously worked in the National Library of South Africa’s book conservation section; his passion is teaching this scarce skill, and he has conducted over 40 disaster management and bookbinding workshops all over the country.

During the three-day, bilingual course participants will amongst others create three books each, construct Solander boxes, sew flat sheets and learn a lot more about repairing books. Included are basic concepts, working procedures as well as demonstrations of and practical exercises in end papering, binding, leather binding, casing rounding and backing.

The course fee, including a certificate of attendance and basic tool kit, is R1 750 per person and the workshop takes place from 09:00 to 16:00 daily in the Visitor Centre’s conference room at the Taalmonument. Tea and coffee are included, but participants must bring their own lunch or make use of the coffee shop.

“It was professional, fun and excellent,” said one participant, Elsette Strachan, regarding the introductory course in July 2019. “I especially enjoyed the practical sessions and have gained a new skill,” added another participant, Slindokuhle Tshisevhe. The 16 participants all pointed out that Wentzel is a dynamic and pleasant presenter.

For details and bookings, contact Jeffrey Pietersen on 021 872 3441 or send an e-mail to See more regarding the previous course on the Taalmonument’s website and Facebook page.

The ATM annually presents a series of courses and workshops focusing on the development of basic professional skills. This year’s programme includes subjects such as archiving, language tourism and star trails photography. Anyone interested in related subjects are welcome to make suggestions for additional workshops. See for more information and follow them on Facebook for the other exciting events happening at the Taalmonument.