Inleidende Boekherstelwerkkursus Taalmonument 2018 klein

Give your old books a new lease on life
Book a date now for Taalmonument’s book repair and binding courses

You love your old, neglected hardcover books, but just wish you could master the art of properly repairing them? Then book repair specialist Peter Packery’s courses at the Afrikaans Language Museum and Monument (ATM) in Paarl are the answer to your dreams. Packery, who has more than four decades of experience in book repair and binding, including the restoration of highly valuable books, offers an introductory course on the repair of old hardcover books from 4 to 6 July 2018. He previously worked in the South African Library’s restoration department and ran his own book binding and restoration company for 26 years. In October this year he will offer an advanced course.

No prior knowledge is required for the three day, bilingual course. Included are working procedures, binding styles, Japanese and Western papers, grain direction, parts of the book and its construction, page repair and tipping in of loose pages, spine repairs and endpapers.

The course fee is R1 500 per person and the workshop takes place daily from 09:00 to 16:30 in the Conference Room in the Visitor Centre at the Taalmonument. Participants may bring their own tools (including a bone folder) or a set of tools can be ordered for an additional R200. Tea and coffee are included. Participants can bring their own lunch or make use of the Volksmond Coffee Shop.

An advanced course in book repair, focusing on advanced techniques such as leather bindings and gold-foiling, will be presented from 1 to 3 October 2018. The advanced course is suitable for participants who have already acquired the basics of book and paper conservation.

The ATM annually presents a whole 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. For more information and bookings, contact Jeffrey Pietersen on 021 872 3441 or send an e-mail to See for more and follow us on Facebook.