About Pete Wiltshire
I spent a lot of time at the bindery in Winchester when I was growing up, and started sewing books when I was about 12. In 1999, having completed my A-levels the previous year, I started working for my father and learning the trade. I moved from case binding periodicals and other cloth work to re-backing in cloth, leatherwork, 'finishing', and eventually restoration.
I spent nine years at the bindery in Winchester. During this period I also spent two years working part time for Richard Harshers Trade Bindery in Romsey, which was good experience in production bookbinding and print finishing, and I worked part time for a paper conservator in 2001. I also gained related workshop experience restoring antique furniture with a Winchester based dealer and restorer.
In 2008 I opened my own bindery in Petersfield, where I worked for four years, before going into partnership with Dad in 2012 at The Winchester Bindery.
The Winchester Bindery
The Winchester Bindery is located in P & G Wells Ltd, situated at 11 College Street, Winchester in close proximity to Winchester Cathedral and Winchester College, and next door but one from the house where Jane Austen spent the last days of her life. It is a general bookshop with a bindery attached, run as a separate business for the last 30 years by Tim Wiltshire. It is thought to be the oldest bookshop and bindery still in existence in the country.
Telephone: 01962 856075
Mobile: 07786 493915
In person at the Winchester Bindery
The Winchester Bindery,
P & G Wells,
11 College Street,
Pete Wiltshire is available during normal working hours, Monday to Friday, at the Winchester Bindery, located at P & G Wells Bookshop in Winchester.
Parking is available outside the bookshop.
|Rebacking is the process of rebinding a book with a new spine, re-using the original boards, and re-laying the original spine if possible. These are a some examples of books I've rebacked. Read more...|
|The majority of my page repairs are done using Japanese repairing tissue and ironed on by hand, or using a laminating press. I also do more traditional page repairs with paste when required, and can have books and plates washed and re-sized. Read more...|
|These are a few examples of boxes, slip cases, and display cases I've made. Wherever possible I use archivally sound materials in my work, and all my boxes are made with acid free board, and lined with acid free paper. Read more...|
Pete Wiltshire undertakes a wide range of binding and restoration work, including:
- Restoration and Conservation (including rebacks and page repairs).
- Bespoke traditional half and full leather bindings (view examples)
- Case binding including albums
- Thesis and dissertation binding (to suit all budgets)
- Boxes, slipcases and display cases made to order (view examples)
- Short runs (under 500 copies)
Click here for more information or feel free to get in contact either by phone on 01930 265444 or in person (see Contact section below).
Case studies showing interesting work and book binding techniques. Please click on any of the pictures for more information and imagery.
Restoration of an large early 19th century Russian Bible, originally bound in full leather on wooden boards with brass clasps. Read more...
A vellum manuscript bound in full leather on oak boards in the style of a tudor binding. Read more...
This was an 18th century atlas in a very poor state that I restored and rebound into a half leather binding in a style contemporary to the book. Read more...
Book of 1702 rebound in full leather. Read more...
Restoration of an 18th century quarter leather binding in very perished condition. Read more...
These are a selection of hand cut, printed, and coloured block and paste papers. As well as traditional marble papers, Pete uses these papers on his bindings, and keeps a stock available for sale.
Examples of papers available can be found in the gallery here. For more information please get in touch.
Please click here for an index of all galleries and case studies on this website.