Other events and announcements

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.

CPHC conference: Women in print: production, distribution and consumption

The Centre for Printing History & Culture has announced a conference entitled ‘Women in print: production, distribution and consumption’, to be held at Winterbourne House, Birmingham, England, 13–14 September 2018. Organised in conjunction with Winterbourne House & Garden, the conference aims to review and reassess the contribution made by women to printing and print culture from its origins to the present day. Keynote speakers: Dr Nadine Chahine (Type Director and Legibility Expert, Monotype, UK); Ann Field (Marx Memorial Library, London); Professor Helen Smith (Director, Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies, University of York). For more information, programme and booking details see the event page on the CPHC website.

Printing Colour 1700-1830: call for contributions

A call for contributions of chapters for a peer-reviewed book Printing Colour 1700–1830: Histories, Techniques, Functions and Receptions has been announced. The editors are Elizabeth Savage (Institute of English Studies, University of London) and Margaret Morgan Grasselli (National Gallery of Art, Washington DC), with assistance from Gemma Cornetti (Warburg Institute, University of London). The anticipated publication date is mid-2020. The book will build upon research presented at the conference of the same name (Institute of English Studies, April 2018). It aims to understand how new (and old) forms of colour printing changed communication during the late handpress period.

Submissions are sought from scholars, curators and practitioners: all who care for colour-printed material, seek to understand how it was produced and used, or engage with it in research. 300-word abstracts should be submitted by 8 June 2018 at www.bit.ly/PC17001830BOOK. Chapters of 4,000–6,000 words (including notes and captions) with up to 10 illustrations will be due by 15 February 2019. The book will be peer-reviewed and published in full colour. Contributors will be responsible for sourcing images and copyright for their contributions, but they will qualify for fee waivers from many heritage collections because the publisher is a charitable academic press. This book is an output of the Printing Colour Project, www.printingcolourproject.com. For enquiries, please contact Gemma Cornetti at printingcolourproject@gmail.com.

Footnotes magazine

The Swiss digital typefoundry La Police is publishing an occasional magazine Footnotes, containing articles about type design history as well as the current preoccupations of type designers. Two issues have been published to date: the first issue (Issue A) was published in July 2016, and the second issue (Issue B) was published in October 2017. The magazine contains several articles that are likely to be of interest to type design historians, including two articles on the Haas typefoundry by Brigitte Schuster.

CPHC conference: Letterpress printing: past, present, future

The Centre for Printing History & Culture has issued a call for papers for a conference entitled ‘Letterpress printing: past, present, future’, to be held at the University of Leeds, 19–20 July 2018. The two-day conference will explore the survival, legacy and relevance of letterpress printing in the digital era.

Proposals for papers are welcomed that address the following themes:

  • the place of letterpress printing today;
  • the legacy of letterpress: practices and equipment;
  • the position of letterpress in contemporary learning and scholarship;
  • the function of letterpress in art and design today;
  • the delights of printing for pleasure;
  • the teaching of letterpress today;
  • the appeal and importance of letterpress today;
  • the role of letterpress in shaping who we think we are;
  • the future of letterpress printing in a digital age.

Proposers should send a synopsis of their paper (400 words) and a biography (200 words) in a Word document attached to an email to centrechop@gmail.com. Further information can be obtained by emailing the same address or by visiting the event page on the CPHC website.

AEPM 2018: After printing: bookbinding as cultural heritage

The Association of European Printing Museums has announced its annual conference for 2018, to be held in Madrid, 24–26 May. The theme for the conference is “After printing: bookbinding as cultural heritage”.

The conference will consider the full range of material and non-material heritage of bookbinding and its place in printing museums:

  • historical aspects of bookbinding: research concerning the artefacts and techniques of craft and industrial bookbinding,
  • contemporary bookbinding: practical research about new techniques and developments; the role of museums in contemporary bookbinding,
  • conservation techniques and issues: preserving and restoring bookbindings in museum collections,
  • the materials and tools of bookbinding,
  • practical workshops and other forms of mediation as means of preserving and transmitting of craft skills and non-material heritage to future generations,
  • the role of the workshop in museums: for public demonstrations, as an archive, and for bibliographical conservation and restauration.

Details of speakers can be found on the AEPM Conferences web page, where online registration will also be available in due course.

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) have jointly announced a conference entitled ‘Baskerville in France’, to be held in Amiens on 18 & 19 October 2018. The conference aims to review and reassess the relationship between Baskerville—the man and the typeface—and France and the French.

During his lifetime, Baskerville—a prophet without honour in his own land—allied himself with France both through print and politics. His books were purchased, read and collected by an admiring French public; his magnificent Orlando Furioso, printed in 1773, carried the work of the Paris-based Molini brothers and their French artists. The French State was appreciative of Baskerville’s work and wished to purchase his typographic material, and he enjoyed the hospitality of the King. Aptly known as ‘Birmingham’s little Voltaire’, Baskerville was an admirer and correspondent of the French author with whom he shared political, religious and freethinking values.

The conference welcomes papers that consider the impact of Baskerville in France from the eighteenth century to the present day. Papers may consider the technical, aesthetic, literary, political or philosophical influences of Baskerville on France and France on Baskerville.

Papers of twenty minutes duration are invited from established scholars, students, independent researchers and practitioners. All papers will be delivered in English. The deadline for submission is 31 January 2018. Further details of the conference and how to submit a proposal are available on the CPHC website.

Stationers Company opens new Archive facility

The official opening of the Stationers’ Company’s new archive room and reading room took place on 10 November 2017, improving access to its archive, both for members of the Company and the general public. Thanks to the generosity of Liverymen Duncan Spence and Amy McKee, and additional funds from the Company, the new facility is called the Tokefield Centre in commemoration of the then Clerk, George Tokefield, who in 1666 transported the Company’s records in a wheelbarrow out beyond the reach of the Great Fire of London thus saving them.

Liveryman Sarah Mahurter, Manager, University Archives and Special Collections Centre at University of the Arts London, undertook the project management to relocate the historic Archive from an inaccessible upstairs room to the oldest book warehouse building in London, which forms one end of the Company’s garden.

Ruth Frendo, the Stationers’ Company archivist, said “The Stationers’ Archive is already known as a key resource to historians of the book trade. However, it also holds a wealth of records whose potential is yet to be explored. As custodians of the records we have inherited through the care and dedication of our forebears, we have a serious responsibility to maintain these documents for future exploration. Through the development of this purpose-built storage facility, and a reading room which will provide unprecedented access to its Archive, the Stationers’ Company is demonstrating that it is whole-heartedly embracing this responsibility.”

William Alden, Clerk to the Company said “Widening access to Stationers’ Hall for educational purposes is a critical objective of the Stationers’ Company. The opening of the Tokefield Centre marks the completion of the first phase of a broader Hall development programme, which we hope to complete by 2023, the 350th anniversary of the building of the Hall.”

For further information please contact: William Alden on clerk@stationers.org or on 020 7246 0980
The Stationers’ Company,
Stationers’ Hall
Ave Maria Lane


CPHC conference: Script, print and letterforms in global contexts: the visual and the material

The Centre for Printing History & Culture has announced a conference entitled ‘Script, print and letterforms in global contexts: the visual and the material’, to be held at Birmingham City University on 28–29 June 2018. The keynote speakers will be Professor Robin Jeffrey (National University of Singapore), Dr Lucie Ryzova (University of Birmingham), Graham Shaw (University of London) and Professor Ulrike Stark (University of Chicago). A full list of speakers can be found here.

The conference will explore the plurality of engagements with, and interpretations of the printed and written word in various writing systems and artefacts; whether handwritten, lithographed, typographically printed, or digitally conjured. Papers are invited from both scholars and practitioners in the fields of history, book history, printing history, type design, typographic history and design, print, manuscript and material culture.

Further information is available on the CPHC website.

The History of Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press have announced the publication, in three volumes, of The History of Oxford University Press, spanning the period from its beginnings in the fifteenth century until 1970. Written by almost fifty contributors, experts in their fields of history, publishing and printing, the three volumes draw exclusively on material in the archives of Oxford University Press and the University of Oxford.

The three volumes are:

  • Volume I: Beginnings to 1780 – Edited by Ian Gadd
    (ISBN: 978-0-19-955731-8)
  • Volume II: 1780–1896 – Edited by Simon Eliot
    (ISBN: 978-0-19-954315-1)
  • Volume III: 1896–1970 – Edited by Wm. Roger Louis
    (ISBN: 978-0-19-956840-6)

The three volumes may be purchased either singly for £100 each or as a set for £250 (ISBN: 978-0-19-870279-5). Members of the Printing Historical Society may take advantage of a 20 percent discount on the advertised prices. For details please contact the Hon. Secretary.

For further information see the publication website.