Other events and announcements

ECR Training Day: Using historical matrices and printing surfaces in research

The Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, has announced a training day for early career researchers (ECRs) entitled ‘Using historical matrices and printing surfaces in research’, to be held at the Senate House, London, on 1 December 2017. The training day will be convened by Dr Elizabeth Savage of the Institute of English Studies, and facilitated by Giles Bergel (Oxford) and Roger Gaskell (Roger Gaskell Rare Books).

This free, hands-on, object-based training day will introduce 10 ECRs to the research of historical matrices/printing surfaces (e.g. cut woodblocks, etched metal plates, litho stones). The emphasis is pre-1830. By analysing the objects and resulting impressions, participants will learn how to describe them; identify how they were made, used and copied; relate them to printed content; and use them as primary material in their own research. The interdisciplinary remit includes text and image, as well as decorations, initials, medicine, music, mathematical symbols, scientific imagery, and more. This event is the first application of a new research framework, which will later be published open access. Participants will learn new research skills and, through their feedback, help shape the future of research in fields related to print heritage.

Registration is free, lunch and a wine reception are provided, and transport is reimbursable up to £50. Participants must be current PhD students or have taken their PhD fewer than 10 years ago (i.e., in or after 2007). Apply online (deadline 1 September 2017) at tinyurl.com/ECRmatrices.

Events at the Centre for Printing History and Culture

The Centre for Printing History and Culture has announced a series of events for 2017, including:

  • CPHC Annual Symposium (Friday 30 June 2017, 2 pm–7 pm) – The Symposium will look at the question: what constitutes printing history and what is print culture?
  • Print Networks Conference (Friday 31 July 2017, 9 am–5 pm) – The theme of the conference will be ‘Print, politics and publishing: the role of the provincial press’

For further information, following the links above to specific event pages 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.