Title ID 401Collection ID318
ThemeWorking Life
KeywordsLabour Trades Workers Handicrafts
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionRichard Lewis Bolt
CameraRichard Lewis Bolt
ProducerNuts & Bolt
ParticipantsDave Summers (Bookbinder)
FormatSuper 8mm Colour Sound
Duration7 min. 30 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


A bookbinder talks about his trade at F G Marshall Studios, Banstead, Surrey.


Opening shots show the studios, outside and inside. Bookbinder, Dave Summers, talks about his apprenticeship and how he learnt his trade. In the workshop boxes are piled up on the shelves; tools and invoices hang on the walls. As he talks, the bookbinder wraps a book in tissue paper and places it in a box. Scenes around the studio show books in a press, people working at workbenches and detailed shots of Books of Remembrance. A woman works on accounts in an office and a man eats his lunch. Several close-up shots show the calligraphy and illustrations in a Book of Remembrance. The bookbinder talks about his work as he works on a binding.


A still from 'Binding' (1997) - man demonstrating book binding

Contextual information

The film-maker, Richard Bolt, made this film when he was an employee of F G Marshall, where he painted the miniature illustrations in the Books of Remembrance.

The film Leather to Last (1978), held in the Archive, also shows a craftsman talking about his apprenticeship and trade.

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F G Marshall Website

This website provides information about the company’s work and also includes a concise history of bookbinding.