Bookbinding used to be a separate trade. If you bought a book from the Plantin press, all you got was the printed pages. You then had to have them bound by a bookbinder. The nice thing about this was that you could determine how your own copy of the book would look. Rich people opted for leather covers with gold leaf, a coat of arms or their own emblem. Sometimes there was even a lock on the cover!
You get to do it yourself. You learn from an expert. You understand how a book was made.
This workshop is suitable for groups of adults
Maximum 12 persons per group
Duration: 90 minutes
The workshop will take place on the ground floor
Your museum ticket is valid all day long, so you will be able to visit the rest of the Museum Plantin-Moretus
Monday (except on Easter Monday and Whit Monday): closed
Tuesday - Sunday: 10:00-17:00
The museum is also closed on the following holidays: 1 January, 1 May, Ascension Day, 1 November and 25 December
Is this workshop also suitable for disabled people?
The workshop will take place on the ground floor. Wheelchair users can only visit the ground floor. The museum is a historic house that grew organically over centuries. That’s why there are several steps on the first floor to go from one room to another, which is not possible to navigate with a wheelchair. The guide will adapt the workshop accordingly.
You will learn the basic techniques and bind your very first book. There’s plenty of choice: a private diary, notebook, photo album, …
During the workshop you will work in a studio
This workshop can take place in two different rooms