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Conferences and events

The Baskerville Society is an active group with frequently organised events and other activities. This page will keep you up-to-date with all our happenings.


Oxford University Press Museum |  26 September 2014, 1200-1600

The Oxford University Press is the largest university press in the world and dates back to the 17th Century. For the printing and typographical enthusiast, this visit to the museum allows the chance to view the 17th century Fell types, the Oxford Almanacks, the first edition of Alice in Wonderland, material relating to the history and development of the Oxford English Dictionary, as well as printing equipment, a 19th century printing press and access to OUP's latest publications online. OUP's Archive Department collects, catalogues and preserves all material of long-term importance associated with the University Press's commercial and social activities in Britain, from the 17th century to the present day. Material from the archives requested ahead of the visit can be made available on the day.

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Cadbury Research Library |  12 December 2014,  1730-1900 

The Cadbury Research Collection is held at the Edgbaston Campus of the University of Birmingham. This visit allows a rare opportunity to see a close hand one of the country’s most extensive collection of original Baskerville material. Senior Librarian Martin Killeen will introduce the collection’s treasures and members will be able to handle the material. Unlike a personal research visit to a special collection, members will be in the company of fellow Baskerphiles from many different backgrounds and can compare notes on their specific areas of interest. This will be the last Baskerville Society event of the year and will be followed by a meal at a nearby pub or restaurant (not included in the ticket price).

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The Beauty of Letterstext, type and communication in the eighteenth century  |  14-15 March 2015

The Baskerville Society is pleased to announce its annual conference.

In his preface to Paradise Lost (1758), John Baskerville described himself as ‘an admirer of the beauty of letters’. This conference takes his phrase as a starting point to explore the production, distribution, consumption and reception, not only of letters, but also words, texts and images during the long eighteenth century (c. 1688-1820). This conference will consider how writing, printing, performance and portrayal contributed to the creation of cultural identity and taste, assisted the spread of knowledge and contributed to political, economic, social and cultural change in Britain and the wider world.

More information here.



Birmingham Type Tours |  7 June 2014, 1200 |  More information is avilable here.

Georgian Dublin | 27-29 March 2014 |  More information is avilable here.

Hic Jacet or The Corpse in the Crescent | 7 December 2013  |  More information is avilable here.

Walking tour of Baskerville's Birmingham | 11 October 2013  |  More information is avilable here.

Wolverley Village | 11 August 2013  |  More information is avilable here.

Winterbourne House and Garden | 22 June 2013 | More information is avilable here.

Industry and Genius: John Baskerville, art, industry and technology in the Enlightenment | 6-7 April 2013 | More information is avilable here.

Cakes & Ale: an evening to celebrate the launch of The Baskerville Society | 7 November 2012 | More information is avilable here.

The Baskerville Symposium | 12 April 2012 | More information is available here.