The Typographic Hub

NOTE: This event is now closed

With thanks to Leonard Jay

10th October 2011

Monday lunchtime lectures at the Birmingham and Midland Institute

There are influential men in every generation, but few whose influence transforms the outlook of a whole generation and leaves an indelible record on the history of their times. Leonard Jay made a major contribution to the development of technical education. His combination of idealism and practical vision transformed not only the work of the Birmingham School but, in due course, the prevailing landscape of typography in one of the largest and most important centres of printing in Britain, and Europe.

Under Jay, the Birmingham School of Printing produced over 150 publications that won worldwide praise for their high quality of design and production. They are his indelible record on printing history. However, Jay’s most important legacy is those boys who trained under him and who took their learning into printing businesses throughout the country and thereby helped to raise standards in the industry. But his bequest does not stop with the cohort he trained: that generation educated the next, and I for one am a grateful beneficiary of the holistic teachings of Leonard Jay. This lecture will look at his legacy.

Admission £1.00; free to members