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Binding Arrangement. Book Binding & Conservation Services

Bookbinding & Restoration

Cuckoo Farm Studios Boxted Rd, Mile End, Colchester, CO4 5HH Directions

   Now closed Open today 10:00 - 17:30

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Business overview

Specialists in the sympathetic restoration of antiquarian books

With over 30 years experience, Binding Arrangement is a traditional hand bindery situated in Colchester, specialising in the restoration and conservation of books, manuscripts, documents and ephemera.

Since 1988, Binding Arrangement serves a continually growing clientele of private collectors, used and rare book dealers, public and private institutions, and individuals with valuable or simply sentimental family heirlooms in need of preservation.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY, call Colin Brown on 07440158361

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With split vellum joints.
but with new Japanese paper covered Aerolinen spine and consolidated corners.

Products & Services

Book Restoration

Book binding

Book binding including photo and scrap books album

Archive, document and print conservation

Housing of fragile documents

Housing of precious books in bespoke boxes

binding

embossing

labels

Book restoration

Book re-backing

leather book binding

gold tooling

cloth bound

book re-backing

Restoration of leather artefacts

reatment of deteriorating leather

document conservation

book conservation

gilding

decorative hand tooling

box making

infilling

paper conservation

paper repair

de-acidification

document and print conservation

Archive conservation

Archive restoration

book re-sewing

photo album restoration

document repair

book repairers

Book Binders

Book Box Making

Clam Shell / Drop Back Boxes

Reviews

Beautiful restoration work

5
Colin took one of my damaged Jane Eyre books (1898) and completely rebuilt the spine. I can't believe how good it looks now. He sent me progress shots as I was keen to see how the process worked and he also was wonderful to chat to when I dropped off and picked up the book. I plan to take many more of my books to him!
14 May 2024
Thank you Carolyn, I’m glad you’re pleased with it.
14 May 2024
Thank you Carolyn, I’m glad you’re pleased with it.
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Repair and conservation of 200 year old scientific book.

5
Colin brought a 200 year old chemistry dictionary back to life! I’ve had the book for over 50 years, passed down through our family. It was in a poor condition with the covers missing or damaged but the text in tact. The book now looks fantastic with leather binding, it’s as good as how I imagined it was as new. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Colin to anyone who wants a treasured book skillfully repaired or conserved.
08 Dec 2023
Thank you David. Happy reading!
08 Dec 2023
Thank you David. Happy reading!
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Restored heirloom

5
The book was in sorry state. A household management guide over 100 years old
Colin restored the book sympathetically and now we can read items such as how to fill your own teeth, and the etiquette of leaving calling cards, without worrying that the book will fall apart. It isn’t valuable but is a fascinating window into a bygone age and we can now enjoy it without worrying. Thank you Colin
19 Nov 2023
Thanks Hilary, it’s an unexpectedly fun book to delve into. Happy reading!
19 Nov 2023
Thanks Hilary, it’s an unexpectedly fun book to delve into. Happy reading!
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Mr Middleton's Garden Book

5
The book was passed down to my wife (a very keen gardener) from her grandfather and father and holds great sentimental value for her. It was in a very poor state of stability in spite of various attempts to repair which over the long term were more detrimental to its overall condition. Colin carried out a superb and sympathetic restoration of the whole containment and binding arrangement such that the book can now be enjoyed with confidence and without fear of further damage and loosening of pages. The end result is a book which looks and feels as near as it could practically be to its original state which was the prime objective of entrusting him with the restoration work. Colin is a master craftsman and we have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who finds themselves in a similar position of needing sensitive restoration of a beloved book.
10 Aug 2023
That’s very kind of you to say so Thankyou.
10 Aug 2023
That’s very kind of you to say so Thankyou.
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Bible Restoration

5
Delighted with the restoration of my family Bible Colin was a great help and I was happy to leave the task to his capable hands He completed it quicker than expected and I am delighted with the end result I would recommend him to anyone We are very pleased with the end result
02 Mar 2023
Thank you Alex. I’m glad that you are happy with it.
02 Mar 2023
Thank you Alex. I’m glad that you are happy with it.
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