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Express Yourself With Silvine Exercise Books

Silvine exercise books are a true British icon, the original notebooks that will transport you back to double English or dreaded double maths.

Silvine exercise books are undoubtedly an intrinsic part of British schooling, their distinctive laurel wreath one of the logos that stick out in many fond memories. That elegant midnight mark sitting alongside post-box red workbooks. It’s enough to invoke a sense of nostalgia in anyone.

But it isn’t just school where this nostalgia floods back from - those of us who remember our parents having Silvine notebooks and memo pads will understand the memories these exercise books conjure. Of these bright colours sitting next to the bakelite rotary telephone in the hallway. Those of us whose parents were builders, plumbers, butchers (and maybe even candlestick makers) may also remember Silvine exercise books peeking out of top pockets. They were a place for quotes, sketches, notes and diagrams and we may remember them fondly.

And good news, Silvine Originals are back. After stumbling through the archives, Silvine realised this iconic design deserved to flourish back to life and grace our tables, desks and hallway tables once more. Plus, these characteristic Silvine exercise books are crafted in the same way they have always been created.

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Take A Trip Down Memory Lane With Silvine Exercise Books

The story of Silvine starts over 175 years ago in Otley, straddling the border between North and West Yorkshire, behind a blue door where they still make them. Each of the gorgeous notebooks in this collection is still manufactured using the same machinery as they did six generations ago. Singer sewing machines are still used to stitch the spines.

The paper comes from Cropper Mill in Kendal, another British company that is in its 6th generation of ownership. The detail to the original note books is certainly stunning.

From the natural white, slightly textured 90gm2 paper that adds an extra touch of luxury to your writing experience, through to the 300gm2 red dyed covers that are perfectly colour matched from the 1960’s, all the way to the perforated edges that make removing pages simple.

Everything within these Silvine exercise books is not only designed to make the act of writing down one’s thoughts an experience in quality, they are crafted to bring an element of whimsy and pure pleasure to any expression you decide needs to be jotted down. Even if that means you’re scribbling down this weeks’ shopping.

Regardless of what you write it should be a pleasurable experience, one of quality - after all, there’s no harm in bringing a splash of excellence to the everyday.

Every book that leaves the Silvine Works is made with true love, care and dedication.