Mar 2011: Joins the facebook revolution

Dec 2009: Business re-branded "The Book Surgeon"

Oct 2009: Bernard’s son Michael joins the family business.

1999: Retired from Multi Colour and founded "B.G.H. Book Binders & Repairs" to continue restorations and make new (bespoke) books.

1977: Sets up a work shop in his garage to continue booking binding in his spare time as a hobby. By this time most book binding companies had either gone out of business or reverted to modern day methods that used cheap materials. Therefore Bernard was soon being contacted by companies, institutions and shops who needed books to be restored using traditional equipment, work methods and materials to maintain that authentic look and feel. 

1976: Joined Matherson Selig as an automatic guillotine operator to make paint charts and cards for ICI before becoming a section supervisor.  The company changed names to Harrison Colour, then Colour Marketing and finally Multi Colour.

1958: Re-joined the Ancient House to continue booking binding. Specialized in ruling; (printing ledgers). Promoted to supervisor before leaving in 1976.

1955: Joins William Clowes Caxton Press in Beccles to broaden his skills and experience working as a tradesman to case-in books, operate the Seybold 3 knife trimmer and gluing.

1954: Bernard completes his apprenticeship to become a fully qualified "journeyman"

1947: Bernard George Holton leaves school at the age of 14 and joins the Ancient House Press (located in Ipswich) as a booking binding apprentice.

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William Clowes

Colour Marketing

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