Royston Haward has been a bookbinder for more than four decades.
He is accredited with a distinction in City & Guilds Advanced Craft Bookbinding from the London College of Printing and has qualified in conservation science.
He worked for various London binderies including Sangorski & Sutcliffe where he studied the art of fine binding for six years until 1990.
For the past 25 years he has worked for the British Library Bindery & Centre for Conservation, working on items such as early Shakespeare folios, the John Evelyn diaries, Chaucer’s Canterbury tales, Anglo Saxon manuscripts and incunabula alongside more commonplace items that the British Library holds in its vast collections.
Royston is passionate about teaching and has taught many students and interns over the course of time. Being highly respected amongst his peers, he has run small and large workshops on subjects such as early book structures, including Islamic, Ethiopic & Coptic binding, box making, Cosway bindings and paring and sharpening techniques.
As well as giving master classes at Guildford College and for the Society of Bookbinders, he has been a part time tutor at the London College of Printing, Camberwell College of Art and the City Literary Institute.