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John Baskerville: art, industry and technology in the Enlightenment

6th April 2013

John Baskerville: art, industry and technology in the Enlightenment
Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre, Birmingham, 6-7 April 2013


BOOKING IS NOW OPEN see form below for details. 

One-day ticket £45.00 members, £55.00 non-members:

Two-day ticket £75.00 members, £85.00 non-members

prices include three-course lunch and all refreshments


This conference explores the life, context and significance of the eighteenth-century typographer, printer, industrialist and Enlightenment figure John Baskerville [1705/6—75] from the perspective of different subject disciplines. It will consider Baskerville’s contribution to both typographic and eighteenth-century history.

Keynote speakers: Prof. James Mosley and Prof Nicholas Pickwoad


Saturday 6 April

Baskerville and his products: Books bound after what manner you please: English bookbinding in the mid-eighteenth century, Prof. Nicholas Pickwoad; Baskerville Collection at the Cadbury Research Library, Martin Killeen; John Baskerville: ‘Japanner of tea trays and other household goods’, Yvonne Jones; A pretty art: decorated papers of the eighteenth-century, Barry McKay; Baskerville: a man of parts, Diana Patterson

Baskerville, the book and print culture: Printing and the ‘English Urban Renaissance’, Dr John Hinks; Laying the Groundwork for John Baskerville’s innovations: the Star Chamber, the Stationers’ Company and William Caslon, Jeff Pulaski

Baskerville, calligraphy and type: The regularization, standardization, systematization, & unitization of roman type from its Renaissance origins until Baskerville’s time, Frank E. Blokland; Baskerville and the written roman letter, Ewan Clayton; John 1, Victor 0: a reappraisal of Baskerville’s Greek types, Gerry Leonidas

Baskerville’s relationships: John Baskerville and William Shenstone, John Hemingway; Rough Diamonds: John Baskerville & William Hutton, Dr Susan Whyman; Franklin and Baskerville: how a typefounder nearly saved the first British Empire, Simon Loxley

Sunday 7 April

Baskerville after Baskerville: Baskerville after Baskerville, Prof James Mosley; The Baskerville Club, Dr Caroline Archer

Baskerville and the wider world: The Presence of John Baskerville in the Southern Slavic Enlightenment, Persida Lazarevic; The types of Claude Jacob, ‘élève de Baskerville’ (1784–9), Sébastien Morlighem; Baskerville and Bodoni, Dr Andrea de Pasquale

Baskerville and Birmingham: Baskerville’s buildings, George Demidowicz; Baskerville and the baroque stage, Joanna Jarvis & Mary Collins; The Eginton family and the development of printed images, Dr Val Loggie

Baskerville and the contemporary typeface: Creating an impression: why choose Baskerville? Anne Brady; Do you believe? an examination of typeface effectiveness, Joey Hannaford; A modular typeface design inspired by John Baskerville, Jesvin Yeo

Loose ends: The topographies of a typographer: interpreting John Baskerville since the eighteenth century, Dr Malcolm Dick; Loose ends, Ben Waddington

Details of the talks are available for download below; click on the speaker photographs to see the title of their talks.

Conference accommodation is available at the BMS International Mission Centre, just 5 minutes walk from the venue, or at a number of other hotels, guest houses or conference facilities both in the immediate vacinity of the city centre. For a list of accommodation, please dowload the document below. 

A map and directions of how to find us is avilable for download below.

Organised by The Baskerville Society in conjunction with The Typographic Hub, Birmingham Institute of Art & Design [BCU] and the Centre for West Midlands History at the University of Birmingham