Come and join West Yorkshire History Centre for a relaxed workshop learning to make a simple Medieval style book. Using recycled materials for the cover and leather to strengthen the spine, we will hand sew a book using similar techniques bookbinders from the middle ages would have used. All materials and instructions provided.

Medieval books are often highly decorative to emphasise that the manuscripts within were to be read and admired. Everyday medieval manuscripts were designed primarily for reading and their bindings were practical and functional, protecting the pages within.

All materials for the class at the West Yorkshire History Centre will be provided at the workshop and include: text blocks, covers with all sewing holes pre-punched, thread, a needle and a piece of leather for the spine.

You will also receive an additional instruction sheet for making more books from scratch in the future.

This workshop is suitable for adults and teens. It involves basic sewing techniques and requires the ability to use a sharp needle safely.

Venue opening hours

Monday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Tuesday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Wednesday : Closed

Thursday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Friday : 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Saturday : Closed

Sunday : Closed

    Access facilities

  • Accessible Car Parking
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Assistance Dogs Welcome
  • Baby Changing Facilities
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Venue Details

Find us at

127 Kirkgate, Wakefield, WF1 1JG