The Typographic Hub

Birmingham Heritage

Birmingham is the UK’s foremost typographic city. Situated in the centre of Britain’s industrial heartlands, Birmingham was – and still is – home to John Baskerville: writing master, stone-carver, type-founder, printer, paper-maker, ink-producer and creator of ‘Baskerville’ one of the world’s most well-known and enduring typeface. However, Birmingham’s claim to typographic fame does not simply lie with the bones of Baskerville, for three centuries the spirit of this typographic mastermind has touched generations of the city’s printers, educators and designers.

Click on the images to read more about prints' past in Birmingham and the wider region.