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BASKERVIILLE SOCIETY: Baskerville’s Cambridge

10th March 2016

The Baskerville Society is pleased to announce its main event of 2016: a three day trip to the beautiful University city of Cambridge. We’ve put together and exclusive tour of the city's libraries, museums, special collections and guided tours that best showcase Cambridge’s rich printing, book and lettering history. We hope you will be tempted to join us!



Cambridge University Press Museum Featuring a range of old printing machinery, Baskerville works and his punches, and original copies of items relating to publishing, printing, bibles, prayer books, Press homes in Cambridge, London and around the world.

The Tudor Chained Library, Trinity Hall The Old Library is one of a handful of chained libraries remaining in Britain. The interior and furniture are much as they were at the time of construction and the Library still contains examples of chained books and manuscripts dating back to the 11th century.

The John Maynard Keynes Collection, Kings College. A visit to the collection of Keynes, a macro economist, great bibliophile and founder of the Baskerville Club. The collection boasts more than thirty Baskerville titles and and we will receive an introduction to many other highlights.

Guided tour of David Kindersley’s stone lettering A private walking tour led by Lida Lopes Cardozo of her late husband’s carved letters in stone which appear throughout Cambridge. Followed by a private visit to the Kindersley Workshop Lida and her assistants make letters in stone, glass, metal, paper and wood, including headstones, commemorative plaques, heraldic carving, sundials, typefaces, bookplates and lettering cut straight into buildings. A rare glimpse behind the scenes of this fascinating workshop.


Samuel Pepys Library, Magdalene College A visit to collection of the diarist’s books and manuscripts. This splendid library has 3,000 volumes arranged by size, from No. 1 (smallest) to No. 3,000 (largest) and attracts scholars from all over the world.

The Historical Print Room at Cambridge University Library A visit to the home of the collections of British typographer, Stanley Morison and newspaper historian Allen Hutt. The library also holds many printing artefacts, punches (including Baskerville), matrices, and printing blocks.

The Wren Library at Trinity College The Wren Library was completed in 1695 to the design of Sir Christopher Wren. Today it contains the manuscripts and printed books which were in the college library by 1820, together with various special collections given to the college during the last 180 years. Among the special collections housed in the Wren are 1250 medieval manuscripts, the Rothschild Collection of bindings and the Capell collection of early Shakespeare editions.


Alphabet Museum A specially arranged visit to the The Alphabet Museum: a celebration of the wonderful variety of examples of carved lettering to be found in the burial ground of the Parish of the Ascension and its chapel, within which stone letter carver Eric Marland has assembled material further work for the Baskerville Society.

Fitzwilliam Museum The visit concludes with a guided tour of the Fitzwilliam Museum, tailored towards print history, the 18th century and the Society’s interests. The museum has five departments: Antiquities; Applied Arts; Coins and Medals; Manuscripts and Printed Books; and Paintings, Drawings and Prints.

TICKETS £90 (Society Members), £125 (non-Members) which includes entry to all venues and guides.This does not include cost of accommodation, meals or travel to and from Cambridge.

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PROGRAMME Download the programme below