Since 1988

Specialists in the sympathetic restoration of antiquarian books

Binding Arrangement  is a traditional hand bindery situated in Colchester, England, specialising in the restoration and conservation of books, manuscripts, documents, maps and paper ephemera.

We serve a continually growing clientele of private collectors, used and rare book dealers, public and private institutions, and individuals with valuable family heirlooms in need of preservation across the United Kingdom and Europe.


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Testimonials and reviews

"Colin has done a superb job of restoring my grandfather's copy of The Sword and the Centuries. It was falling apart and in a very sorry state, but it's now rock-solid and should last another 120 years. He did a very sympathetic restoration, keeping the old covers and spine (at my request). It looks like it's never been touched! I'll certainly entrust him with any future book binding and restoration work I may need."  -- Guy Windsor (Google review 2022)

Colin has been the Christie‚Äôs Archives conservation sage for over 25 years and he continues to care for our records in a respectful and understanding way, discussing with me what he feels is the best treatment for each preservation case. The conservation work that Colin has carried out on our historical sales catalogues will ensure that they survive another 250 years of regular handling. The Christies'  paper-based archive of annotated sales catalogues date back to 1766 and are essential documents in the history of collecting and provenance research. Remedial preservation work undertaken by Colin has de-stressed very brittle pages and selected use of Japanese tissue has made the corners and edges robust and easier to work with." -- Lynda McLeod, Christies, London

"The Book of Common Prayer 1680 arrived safely today and the repair and restoration work is of high standard, and I could certainly recommend your skills to my friends" -- John Punshon, Norfolk

"Colin carried out excellent work, on significant historic items from the State's Library's collection, as well as the personal treasures belonging to members of the public. He is a skilled and knowledgeable professional with a wealth of expertise and experience." -- Andrew Durham, Director Artlab Australia

"I searched for two years for someone willing to restore an old Chinese paper scroll I inherited from my grandfather. It was frail and disintegrating. Colin did a fantastic intricate job, steadying up the piece with quality matching materials. Very happy.. "  -- Ciaran, Essex

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