Technologies of print in South & Southeast Asia: the social history of modes of production

A conference on South and Southeast Asian printing history has been announced, to be held at the Royal Asiatic Society, London, on Tuesday 26 March 2019. For further details see Other events and announcements.

John Jarrold Printing Museum

The National Printing Heritage Committee (NPHC) has issued a press-release (dated 19 November 2018) regarding the threat to the John Jarrold Printing Museum posed by a planning application being considered by Norwich City Council. The press-release is available here.

Atelier-Musée Imprimerie

At the end of September 2018 Europe’s newest printing museum opened in Malesherbes, France, 70 kilometres south of Paris. It is impossible to do justice to this extraordinary venture in a short news item. For further information in English there is an illustrated news item on the Association of European Printing Museums’ website here. For further information in French, see the museum website.

Digital version of Nijhoff’s l’Art Typographique...

Paul Dijstelberge has announced the publication of a digital version of the first volume of Wouter Nijhoff’s “L’Art Typographique dans les Pays-Bas Pendant les Années 1500 à 1540: Reproductions en fac-simile des caractères typographiques, marques d'imprimeurs, gravures sur bois et autres ornements empoloyés pendant cette période”. The page-scans can be viewed in two ways: image by image in a Flickr collection; or as a single, zoom-able image with a text overview at

This project was in part funded by a research grant from the Society awarded in 2014.

Dregs, dross and debris: the art of transient print

The Centre for Printing History and Culture in conjunction with Print Networks and Liverpool John Moores University has announced a conference on the production, distribution and consumption of ephemeral and other items considered disposable or (by less enlightened scholars) despicable. The conference will take place on 9–10 July 2019 at Liverpool John Moores University. A call for papers has been issued. For further information see the Other events and announcements page.

Alan May’s reconstructions of historical printing presses

Alan May has created a website about his reconstructions of historical printing presses, from the Gutenberg Press to the Senefelder Pole Press, and his practice-based research into the history of printing techniques. See

Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture

The 2018 Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture, entitled ‘Type Design as a collaborative process – with particular reference to non-Latin scripts’, will be given by Fiona Ross at the St Bride Foundation, London, on Thursday 8 November 2018 at 7 pm. For further information see the event page on the St Bride Foundation website.

Printing History News 59

Printing History News 59 was issued in July 2018. See the Publications page for further information.

Journal New Series 28 published

Issue number 28 of the Society’s Journal was published in July 2018. The issue contains articles by Douglas Charles, R.B. Williams and Michael Twyman. See the Publications page for further information.

Baskerville in France - Conference announcement and call for papers

L’École supérieure d’art et de design d’Amiens (ESAD) and the Centre for Printing History & Culture (CPHC) are jointly organising a conference entitled ‘Baskerville in France’, to be held in Amiens on 18 & 19 October 2018. For further details of the conference see Other events and announcements.

Iain Bain

It is with sadness that we must record the death of the Society’s Life President, Iain Bain, on 20 April 2018, at the age of 84. While he later became a distinguished publisher, art historian and printing historian, in his youth Iain Bain was an accomplished athlete and in the 1950s was three times the Scottish hammer-throwing champion. After university (St Edmund Hall, Oxford), he joined Unwin Brothers in Woking, before joining Bodley Head as production manager. From 1972 to his retirement in 1994 he was head of publishing at the Tate Gallery. He wrote extensively about the history of copperplate printing and was the acknowledged world authority on the woodblock printing of Thomas Bewick. He was President of the Bewick Society, President of the Private Libraries Association and Vice-President of the London Topographical Society.

The Society's Privacy Policy

The Society has issued a Privacy Policy on the use of personal data that it holds and uses to serve its members and other customers.

The Society's website: an apology...

We’d like to apologise to anyone affected by problems using the Society’s website, especially the online membership application and publication order forms. A succession of changes to web servers have been made over a period of several months over which we have had no control, resulting in lack of response or error messages when forms have been submitted. At present both forms appear to be working, but we will be keeping a close eye on this over the coming months. If submission of a form appears to be unresponsive or results in an error message on your screen, please contact us.

Ken Brooks

We are sad to record the death of Kenneth Brooks, a long-standing member of the Society and its Treasurer for many years until 2010. An appreciation of Ken Brooks is expected to be included in the Summer 2018 issue (No 59) of Printing History News.

Printing History News 58

Printing History News 58 was issued in April 2018. See the Publications page for further information.

Good home needed for four German collotype presses

The AEPM reports (January 2018) that four collotype presses, built by Faber & Schliecher in Offenbach between 1897 and 1907 and currently held in a former printing house in Dresden, are in danger of being scrapped. Anyone interested in helping to preserve any or all of these unique presses should contact Dr Michael Streetz by email. For photos of the presses see the news item on the AEPM website.

Journal New Series 27 published

Issue number 27 of the Society’s Journal was published in January 2018. The issue contains articles by Paul Nash and R.B. Williams. See the Publications for further information.

Printing History News 57

Printing History News 57 was issued in January 2018. See the Publications page for further information.

St Bride Library open to the public on first and third Wednesdays of the month

The St Bride Library is open from 12 noon to 8 pm every first and third Wednesday of the month. Use of the Reading Room and the 2,000 books it contains is free, but a small charge will be made to retrieve items from closed collections and to photograph or photocopy items. For further details visit the St Bride Library web page.

St Bride Library catalogue searchable online

The St Bride Library catalogue is now searchable online. The catalogue, now entirely separate from the Guildhall Library catalogue of which it used to be a part, can be reached at this web address.

Music Printing History website

An interesting and potentially useful online museum of Music Printing History has been launched. Unfortunately, the current content includes many errors and misleading statements. Printing historians are encouraged to review its contents and submit suggestions for improvements to the museum’s founder, Rosendo Reyna.

Centre for Printing History and Culture

In 2015 Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham, UK, jointly launched the Centre for Printing History and Culture (CPHC), to encourage research into all aspects and periods of printing history and culture, as well as education and training into the art and practice of printing. As well as collaborating with the Society on joint events, such as the conference on twentieth century printing history in Dublin, March 2017, CPHC organises regular events of its own, details of several of which are posted on our Other events and announcements page. Further information about the CPHC may be found on their website.

History of chromolithography - copies still available for purchase

In 2013 the British Library and Oak Knoll Press, in association with the Printing Historical Society, published A history of chromolithography: printed colour for all by Michael Twyman. This important book has become a standard reference work on the subject. Copies of this book may still be purchased from the Printing Historical Society at a price of £75 for non-members and £40 for non-members (excluding delivery). For further details see the Publications page.

John Phillips's lithographic notebook

A facsimile of John Phillips’s lithographic notebook, with a learned transcription and commentary by Michael Twyman, was published in December 2016 by the Society. See our Publications page for further information.

Order our publications online

You can now use an online order form to order back-issues of the Society's Journal and other publications that we have in stock. You can, of course, still place orders by contacting our Publications Officer by email. For further information on publications that are available for sale, see our Publications page.

Past issues of PHN available online

The Society is beginning to make past issues of Printing History News available for free download in PDF format, starting with the most recent issues. See the Publications page for more information and for links to the online versions.

Apply for membership online

A revised membership application form has been uploaded to the PHS website and is available both for download in PDF format and for use online. Visit our 'Join us' web page.