News

Grants for 2018

The Printing Historical Society is pleased to continue its research grants programme in 2018. For further details see our Grants Programme page.

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.

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 and the call for papers, see Other events and announcements.

Stationers Company opens new Archive facility

On 10 November 2017 a new archive room and reading room was opened at the Stationers’ Company, London. For further information see Other events and announcements.

Printing for the workplace: industrial and business publishing - Call for papers

The Centre for Print History & Culture has announced and issued a Call for Papers for a conference entitled ‘Printing for the workplace: industrial and business publishing’, to be held at Gladstone’s Library, Hawarden, on 12 July 2018. For further details see our Other events and announcements page.

Script, print and letterforms in global contexts - Call for Papers

The Centre for Print History & Culture has announced and issued a Call for Papers for a conference entitled ‘Script, print and letterforms in global contexts: the visual and the material’, to be held at Birmingham City University University, 28–29 June 2018. For further details see our Other events and announcements page.

Printing History News 55/56

Printing History News 55/56 was issued in September 2017. See the Publications page for further information.

Journal New Series 26 published

Issue number 26 of the Society’s Journal was published in September 2017. The issue contains articles by Paul Nash, Vaibhav Singh, Michael Kassler, Dominique Lerch and Nicolas Barker. See the Publications for further information.

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.