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2nd May 2011

King James Version

This year, millions of people across the English-speaking world, including academics and artists, politicians and poets, alongside clergy and congregations will commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first printing of The King James Bible, also known as The Authorised Bible.

1st May 2011

Print’s macabre side

The practice of binding books in human skin has a twisted history, from 13th century Bibles to Nazi victims, murderers to lovers; skin appeals

28th Apr 2011

A right royal missed opportunity

Whichever way you choose to look at it - whether you are a royalist or republican - the House of Windsor is big business. Prince Philip calls it ‘The Firm,’ and the royal executives and their powerful associates are expected to make every effort to maintain the standing of the family business.

1st Apr 2011

Turning forgery into freedom

During war, the black art of counterfeiting can potentially become the white knight of liberation; here we look back at some masters of legitimate forgery who got their papers in order

1st Mar 2011

Sex, sedition and the printing press

Sex, sedition, a printing press are due for an airing on the big screen when Working Title Films, releases its film about the celebrated Oz obscenity trials. Working Title Films, the company behind successful British productions such as 'Four Weddings & A Funeral', 'Billy Elliot', 'Bridget Jones' and 'Notting Hill' has been working on an adaptation of Richard Neville’s book Hippie Hippie Shake; the film is directed by Beeban Kidron and written by Lee Hall.

1st Feb 2011

Print’s centuries old labour of love

Today, romantic greeting cards are big business, but the tradition of sending sweet nothings to loved ones on Valentine’s Day has existed longer than some people might think

23rd Jan 2011

The education of a [female] typographer

I was never taught how to be a typographer. I never went to design school. However, I was fortunate to have been brought up in a household where metal type filled draws that should have housed cutlery; where printers’ ink was kept in the spare bedroom; paper was stored where clothes should have hung; and printing presses lived where a car might have been garaged.

1st Jan 2011

Body type

From ancient Egypt to the current day there has been a long-standing custom of civilizations and government, states and religion, groups and individuals marking the body, either permanently or temporarily, with letters and symbols for reasons of punishment or pleasure, worship or abuse, possession, decoration or desecration.

3rd Oct 2010

Print’s secret history

The Old Bailey’s records have been made available to the public, here we explore the archives and uncover print’s scandalous past

3rd Oct 2010


One of the delights of research is that you never quite know where it will take you and what you might find. I am a great believer in allowing distractions whilst working because serendipity plays a large part in the researching process and permitting diversions can produce unexpected results.

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