The Typographic Hub

NOTE: This event is now closed

The form of the book: printing, publishing and production in the regions

5th December 2014

A Book History Research Network Study Day
on print and manuscript culture in British and European towns and cities.

COST: £10 (Pay cash on the day) for refreshments  |  Click HERE to reserve a place [please book by 1 December]

The first book written by Samuel Johnson, an abridgment and translation of Father Lobo's voyage to Abyssinia, was issued from London in 1735. However, it had been written in Birmingham and printed there two years earlier by Thomas Warren a bookseller, printer, publisher and founder of the town’s first known newspaper, the Birmingham Journal.

This brief anecdote serves to highlight the dominance of the metropolitan press over its regional counterparts. But whilst the book trade - and its historians - may focus on the capital, every provincial town also has its own literary and typographic history embedded in its ephemera, pamphlets, newspapers and books; and every regional town has designed, produced, published and printed books of both interest and value. This symposium considers the productions relating to, and of, the regional press.


Caroline Archer (Birmingham City University) Items from the archives: printed in Birmingham

Rob Banham (University of Reading) William Gye: printer of Bath

Lucy Collins (University College, Dublin) To Russia with love: a poetry pamphlet from World War II Belfast

Jenni Dixon (Independent scholar, Birmingham) Dealers in curiosity: how print promoted Birmingham wares

Mike Dring (Birmingham City University) Projecting the technocratic city

Andrew Kulman (Birmingham City University) Promoting the new Birmingham, 1964-80

Persida Lazerivic (Università Chieti-Pescara) From Rome to ‘Little Rome’ all over Rumelia

Ian Montgomery (University of Ulster) Printing and books on the edge of the Union

David Osbaldestin (Birmingham City University) Birmingham’s nineteenth century printers and the use of the sanserif

Ines Vodopivec (Independent scholar) Book culture in [non]existence of printing

Ian Horton (University of the Arts, London) Where did Hard Werken get Rotterdam? 

COST: £10 (Pay cash on the day) for refreshments  |  Click HERE to reserve a place and

Organisers: Professor Caroline Archer and Dr Catherine Armstrong