Bindery Staff

Ian Barnes

I an left school at 16, working as an apprentice with a local firm of bookbinders and through day release, completed the City & Guilds in hand bookbinding in 1981. He spent the next nine years working at the Austin Rover car plant, as a Trainee Instructor unti l 1989, returning to bookbinding in 1989 -1994 working for an Oxford based bindery. Temple Bookbinders evolved over the years until l 2009 where we relocated to the purpose built hand bookbindery at 12 Stephen Road, Headington, Oxford. In 2011 his interest in rare children’s books and modern first edition developed into Temple Rare Books; a bookshop housed within the same premises.

Pauline Barnes

Pauline trained as a RGN, then completed ENB 219 orthopaedic nursing and finally as a children’s nurse, graduating from Oxford Brookes (BA) in 1999. Pauline left the NHS after 25 years, in 2008 to establish the hand bookbindery with Ian. Pauline and Ian were married in 1986 and have three children, now young people. She supports the bindery and bookshop with front of house and administration.

Philip Simmons 

Phil started with Temple Bookbinders in 2000, being one of the founding team members. He left school at 14 ½ and completed his gold finishing apprenticeship working with Hill and Pavier from 1968. Phil enables many of the hand book binding processes from forwarding to gold finishing.

Michael Goodgame

Michael completed his apprenticeship as a gold finisher in 1972. After his apprenticeship he left for 2 years, returning in 1974. He joined the team here as a gold finisher in 2010.

Mark Bowerman

Mark served his apprenticeship as a forwarder and hand bookbinder at Kemp Hall Bindery from 1979. Mark then worked for local hand book binderies, he then had a 10 year career break, joining the team here in 2010.  


Clare Goulbourn

Clare graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in 3D Computer Animation and worked in this field for the next 7 years. In 2009 she went to West Dean College and graduated in 2011 with a Post Graduate Diploma in Book and Library Materials Conservation. Clare then completed a 14 month internship established through the ICON (The Institute of Conservation) at a private conservation studio.

Conor Pattenden

After running his own book selling business for many years, Conor joined the team here in June 2011, founding Temple Rare Books with Ian. He collects books on Anarchism.

Benjamin Pointer

Ben spent 2 years studying book and paper conservation at West Dean College in Sussex, for which he was awarded a QEST scholarship in 2013. Following his studies Ben went on to work briefly at a bindery in Ludlow, before starting at Temle Bookbinders in March 2015, as a book and paper conservator. 

Michael Barnes

Michael left school after completing his A levels and after working in retail joined Temple Bookbinders in September 2013. Michael is training to be a gold finisher and hand book binder.