Beguiling Books

This exhibition is at stunning Newark Park, Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge from Wednesday 4th September – Sunday 27th October 2019

Stroud Book Artists are seeing the Sroudwater Navigation Archive held at Gloucestershire Archives as inspiration to create book art. If previous exhibitions are anthing to go by this will be a must see experinece.

Stone Fits Perfectly Tonia Maddison© [Previous work]

After gathering in the warm and welcoming foyer the members of Stroud Artists Books were taken to storerooms where the shelves are densely packed with books and files and the store is temperature control and quite chilly. Every space is used with books laid on top between books and the shelf above. There are boxes too, some oddly shaped and difficult to store. Much to inspire the imagination.

Echoes and Residues Tonia Maddison © [Previous Work]

Where the photos are stored it is even colder, but interesting to see the change from glass slides to digital and of course the different challenges of storage and conservation.

The conservation room was laid out with artefacts, books, and documents and information on the various ways they had succumbed to damage including fire and being eaten by rats.

Members of Strood Artist Books in the conservation room looking at damaged archive artefacts and documents.

The second part of the tour was a room containing artefacts from the Stroudwater Navigation Company archive. This included a map from 1730 showing the proposed route of the canal and a meetings book of minutes complete with signatures and wax seals.

And now examining a minute bookk from the Stroudwater Navigation Archive.
Wax Seals
Map dating from 1730