John Archer

1920–98

John Archer was a typographer and teacher who shared his love for type and his craft as a compositor with generations of apprentices. Born in Birmingham, Archer was a pre-apprentice compositor who studied under Leonard Jay at the Birmingham School of Printing where he was awarded a gold medal in compositors work from City & Guilds – Britain’s highest award for composition. Archer worked as a journeyman compositor at the city’s foremost printers’­–Buckler and Webb and the Kynoch Press–but in 1952 he was invited to set-up and headed the composing room at the School of Printing, Watford College of Technology where he helped build the Schools reputation as one of the leading printing establishments in the country. He was also the motivation and inspiration behind the work of the Typographic Hub.