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The Centre for Printing History and Culture is a joint initiative between Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham and consists of researchers, heritage professionals, practitioners and librarians. It seeks to encourage research into all aspects and periods of printing history and culture, as well as education and training into the art and application of printing


Centre for Printing History & Culture
CPHC Newsletter, June 2024

In this newsletter
1) June Events
2) Other News
3) Dates for the Diary


Images in the Archives
Thursday 13 June | 17:00-18:30 | Online
Henrietta Lockhart, Throwing Light on the Edwardians: a collection of printing blocks from the Brookes Ward lighting company. This talk looks at a collection of several hundred woodblock from the 1920s which gives an insight into how the Edwardians illuminated their homes. The collection is in the archives at Winterbourne House, University of Birmingham, and has recently been sorted and researched by a University intern.
Jessica Glaser Image and Self Identity: a case study of Beatrice Warde. Warde was a leading figure in the British printing industry and her success, in part, depended on her creating an identity for herself. This talk explores examples of Warde's imaging making for professional success drawing on illustrations and photographs from collections in Cambridge University Library and the Cadbury Research Library.

'Unfinished Business: progress, stasis and new directions in the study of the book trade since Peter Isaac'
Tuesday 9 July - Wednesday 10 July | 0930-16:30 | University of Newcastle
Organised by Print Networks and CPHC in conjunction with the University o Newcastle, this conference looks at the British and Irish book trades locally, nationally and in their global perspective, including comparative perspectives. It asks how has research on these trades' histories developed and advanced, or not, in the past two decades? How has an emphasis on valuing the local, the specific or the seemingly minor been taken up in studies of the book trade? How do such interests sit with the expansion of book trade research into ever larger data-sets and/or within national and global print histories? What are the key social, political and/or technological  questions scholars of the book trade are now grappling with? In what fresh directions must the study of the trades now strike out?


Virtual Museum of Printing (VMoP)
Phase 1 of the Virtual Museum of Printing website has just gone live. The Virtual Museum of Printing is an online heritage collective that aims to bring together the printing-historical resources of the British Isles in one site. It is a platform for printing historians, practitioners, curators, and other heritage professionals to contribute data, images, video, and narrative relating to their collections. The Virtual Museum of Printing will enable print historians, practitioners, museum curators, and other heritage professionals to contribute data, images, video, and narrative from their collections. This will foster connections and networking, facilitate knowledge exchange, and create training opportunities. Most importantly, museum visitors will be able to engage with many collections related to printing, including some which are wholly or partly inaccessible physically.


Society for the History of Authorship, Reading & Publishing (SHARP)
Founded in 1991, the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing (SHARP) is the leading international organization for the study of the history of the book. Book History is its official scholarly publication. Published twice a year, it is the flagship journal in the fields of book history and print-culture studies and continues to set the tone for scholarship on material texts across all aspects and time periods of the field. Due to the impending retirement of Beth le Roux, we are seeking a new editor to join the team to take responsibility for scholarship from and about Australasia, Africa, and areas of the world beyond Europe and the Western Hemisphere.


Forthcoming CPHC events
9-10 July: CPHC/Print Networks Annual Conference, University of Newcastle

17 October: History of the Printed Image Network, On-line

12 December: History of the Printed Image Network, On-line  |  @PrintHistory

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