The Wiltshire Barn Project


We provide three types of training:

  • informal introductory lessons as a “taster” for bookbinding, and
  • formal courses leading (if desired) to national qualifications.
  • workshop days covering wider aspect of bookbinding.

Introductory Lessons

intro We provide frequent introductory bookbinding lessons both at our home in the Daffodil Barn as well as at other locations such as Tedworth House. These last for about two hours and are designed to give interested Veterans a taste of the basic skills and techniques we use, and a flavour of the tools and materials required for bookbinding. Every student goes away with a high-quality notebook that they will have made themselves. These sessions are great fun and very therapeutic, aiding both concentration and confidence.

Training Courses

training We run a progressive series of courses in bookbinding that cater for the absolute beginner and cover all the skills needed to achieve a Level 2 City & Guilds certificate in bookbinding (for a list of the available courses, see our course list here). Courses are held in our own classroom at the Daffodil Barn, and are normally run as full-time 5 day courses (we may occasionally run a series of weekly evening or weekend lessons, each lesson lasting for 3 hours).

City & Guilds Awards

guildsThere is no requirement to apply for City & Guilds awards, but Veterans are automatically registered and application for these nationally recognised qualifications is strongly encouraged. Courses and awards are available at Level 1 and Level 2, and each course covers the syllabus of one City & Guilds “Unit”. By completing a Unit, a Veteran can achieve a single craft Award. For example, the successful completion of the Beginners' Course (Unit 118) qualifies for a City & Guilds Award.


Veterans who wish to apply for a Certificate in Bookbinding simply need to complete the two Units for each Level and also one of our Craft Design courses. Awards and Qualificatiosn are graded: at Pass, Merit and Distinction.

Workshop Days

workshop Additional skills and techniques (such as leather paring, shown here), usually lasting one day, are also held at the Daffodil Barn. These are run by bookbinding experts drawn from across both the commercial and design-binding fields of the bookbinding world.

Fees and Registration

All our courses are FREE to Veterans who have been discharged from the Service because of their Wounds, Injuries or Sickness. To apply for any of this training, or to find out more, simply e-mail us at or call the workshop on 01672 851979.