The Centre for Printing History and Culture
Print Matters: Past, Present and Future
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 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 practice of printing. Please see our member pages for more information.
Here is a selection of research projects that are either run by or associated with the Centre. See CPHC Research for a full list.
From printing types to digital typography the sans serif resonates across both page and screen; and from the advent of Caslon IV's Two Lines English Egyptian in 1816 to the present day the voice of the sans serif has greatly influenced communication.
2016 marks the 500th anniversary of the publication of Ludovico Ariosto’s Orlando Furioso. To celebrate this event, the Cadbury Research Library is hosting an evening of talks with an accompanying display.
On the 90th and 30th anniversaries of the General Strike and the Wapping Dispute, this two-day conference at the Marx Memorial Library will explore the role of printers and print as agents and vehicles of protest.
Tony Quinn, author of A History of British Magazine Design, tells us about Woman magazine, defined in its own words as ‘a journal of information, entertainment and practical counsel for womankind the wide world over’.
Howard Cox, Professor of International Business History at the University of Worcester and co-author of Revolutions from Grub Street, delivered the following keynote address at the annual symposium of CPHC on 28 June at Winterbourne House.
As media companies grapple with the challenges presented by digital convergence and devices such as the iPad, this talk traces the evolution of the consumer magazine industry from its inception to the modern day.