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June 28, 2018

Printing for the workplace: industrial and business publishing

Booking is now open for the conference ‘Printing for the workplace: industrial and business publishing’, to be held at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, Flintshire, Wales on Thursday 12 July 2018. The conference has been organised by the Centre for Printing History & Culture in conjunction with Print Networks.

The conference will attempt to shed new light on the relationship between regional printers and the businesses they serve. For the purposes of this conference ‘industrial and business publishing’ is defined as the production and issuing of commercial literature that not only utilizes traditional publishing skills but also makes supervisory demands of firms for which publishing is not a primary business activity. Papers are invited that consider the development of the association between industry and publishing from its earliest days through to the end of the twentieth century.

The following speaker programme has been announced.

Claire Bolton (Independent Scholar) The Abbey Press: a monastic print-shop at the Benedictine community of New Norcia, Western Australia; Jane Cooksey (University of Wolverhampton) Geared for good business–the post-World War II advertising campaign of the British Wholesale Textile Association; Stephen Ferguson (Department of Posts & Telegraphs, Dublin) Miniature masterpieces – making stamps for the Post Office; Georgina Grant (Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust) Ironware and illustration: the Coalbrookdale company catalogues; John Grayson (Birmingham City University) Imperfect printed enamel surfaces: Interpreting marks of eighteenth-century craftsmanship; Jennie Hill (University of Aberystwyth) Get the Spirit of Joy into your Printed Things: advertising and ephemera at the Curwen Press; Diana Patterson (Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) The eternal business of publishing: computer manuals when computers were the size of a large room; Jonathan Roscoe (Oxford Brookes University) ‘The age of shouting had arrived’: Victor Gollancz and the marketing of the Left Book Club; Deborah Sutherland and Ruth Hibbard (Victoria and Albert Museum) ‘Success is dependent on the graphic artists and not the office boy’: the National Art Library’s Jobbing Printing initiative of 1936; Helen Williams (Edinburgh Napier University) Printing for printers: print trade journals in nineteenth-century Britain.

Tickets are £40 (including two-course lunch and a tour of the library) and can be booked here. Further information is available on the CPHC website.

Posted by Francis Cave at June 28, 2018 12:27 PM