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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.

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Museum of Branding + God's Own Junkyard, London |  6 June 2015,  1200-1830 

The Museum of Brands is a treasure trove of retro design and dormant memories, from the naive charm of the Victorian era to the sophistication of today’s design-savvy companies. Featuring over 12,000 original items from the Robert Opie Collection, the museum reveals the history of consumer culture and typographic excellence. Discover how well-loved brands evolved through their creative use of packaging and advertising - and how we evolved with them. After breaking for lunch, we then head across the city to Walthamstow to Electrosigns and God’s Own Junkyard. Electro Signs have been a leading company in sign design and installation for over fifty years and now have such an amazing collection of new and salvages neon signs and architectural advertising that they have opened a gallery called God’s Own Junkyard. It regularly features in photo, TV and film shoots.

Meet at the Museum at noonApproximate timings: Museum of Brands 12pm - 2pm; Lunch 2pm - 3.30pm; God’s Own Junkyard 430pm - 6pm. God’s Own Junkyard remains open until 9pm

Book here.

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Bishop Hurd Library | 5 September 2015,  1200-1400

The Bishop of Worcester, Richard Hurd built the Hurd Library in 1783 for his fine collection of books. The collection includes several Baskerville items and many other examples of seventeenth- and eighteenth century printing including works by Thomas Bewick, Robert Burton, William Dugdale and Isaac Newton. Many regard it one of the most beautiful library rooms in the country. This outing also visits the mediaeval castle and county museum set in the serence Warwickshire countryside. The County Museum, housed in the former home of the Bishops of Worcester, is a fascinating place to explore.  In the museum galleries you can discover social history, toys through time, travel & transport and the intriguing story of Worcestershire's past. Visitors can also see room sets such as the schoolroom and scullery, which are regularly brought to life by visiting schoolchildren and period rooms that focus on the Victorian and Civil War eras.

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St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham  |  14 December 2015  |  1100-1400

Despite his antipathy towards institutionalised religion, Baskerville had a close association with St Philips Church, the most fashionable in eighteenth-century Birmingham. He acted as an occasional manager of the church’s running and indeed his wife is buried there. The church - now Cathedral - hold an original Baskerville Bible [known as the Victory Bible] and early eighteenth-century engraved silverware. The visit includes a tour of the church and the grounds. This will be followed by a visit to the new Birmingham Assay office which also holds Baskerville material, an optional pilgrimage to the nearby Catacombs where Baskerville’s remains lie then lunch and refreshments at a nearby pub (not included in the ticket price).

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PAST EVENTS

The Beauty of Letterstext, type & communication in the eighteenth century  |  14-15 March 2015 |  More informatin is available here.

Cadbury Research Library |  12 December 2014 | More informatin is available here

Oxford University Press Musuem  | 29 September 2014  |  More informatin is available here

Birmingham Type Tours |  7 June 2014|  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.

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