Professor Caroline Archer-Parré

Professor of Typography, Birmingham City University

Research Interests

Caroline is particularly interested in the history of printing in Birmingham from the eighteenth- to the twentieth-century. Her research straddles three specific areas: 1) the work of John Baskerville, typefounder, printer and designer with a world-wide reputation who made eighteenth-century Birmingham a city without typographic equal, by changing the course of type design; 2) designer-printers of the twentieth century particularly the Kynoch Press a major British printer, one that should be much better known to historians of printing and in particular to those who are interested in how printing types come to be adopted, utilised and promoted by a press; 3) the advent of technical education in the printing industry, with specific reference to the work of Leonard Jay and the Birmingham School of Printing.



Paris Underground (New York: Mark Batty Publishers, 2004)

The St Bride Notebook (Oldham: Incline Press, 2003)

Tart Cards: London’s illicit advertising art (New York: Mark Batty Publishers, 2003)

The Kynoch Press, 1876–1981: the anatomy of a printing house (London: British Library, 2000)


James Watt [ed. Archer & Dick]. Liverpool: University Press. Autumn, 2019.

The beauty of letters: text, type & communication in the eighteenth century [ed. Archer & Dick]. Liverpool: University Press. Autumn, 2018.

John Baskerville: art & industry of the Enlightenment. [ed. Archer & Dick]. Liverpool: University Press. Autumn, 2017.

Book 2.0: From codex to computer [ed. Archer & Day]. Bristol: Intellect Books. Spring, 2017.

Religion & the book trade [ed. Archer & Philips]. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2015.

Book 2.0: An indivisible unity [ed. Archer]. Bristol: Intellect Books. 2012.


Printing history and culture. (Peter Lang Ltd)


‘Type, typography and the typographer’ in New companion to the history of the book [ed. Rose & Eliott]. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 2018.

 ‘Leonard Jay’ in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [ed. Curthoys]. Oxford: University Press. 2017.

‘Leonard Jay: a pioneer of printing education’ in Printing History [ed. Palmieri] New York: American Printing History Association. 2017.

‘Points of contact: pottery and the printing industry’ in Proceedings of Wedgwood international symposium. 2017.

‘The Cambridge cult of the Baskerville Press’ in John Baskerville: art, industry & technology of the Enlightenment. [ed. Dick & Archer] Liverpool: University Press. 2017.

‘Paris sous la rue’ in Text and the city; [ed. Armstrong & Hinks]. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. 2017.

 ‘A short history of the type historians’ in Graphic design reader. [ed. Triggs & Atzmon]. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 2017.

‘Printed in Birmingham,’ in Birmingham: workshop of the world [ed. Dick & Chinn] Liverpool: University Press, 2016.

‘Black Letters in the Heart of Rome’ in Religion and the book trade [ed. Archer & Philips]. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2015.

‘Inscriptions in the Catacombs’ in Public Domain [ed. Caputo]. Milan: Research Agency. 2014.

‘Various entries’ in Encyclopedia of graphic design classics [Phaidon editors]. London: Phaidon. 2012.

‘Printing in Hertfordshire’ in An historical atlas of Hertfordshire [ed. Short]. Hertfordshire: University Press. 2011.


Contact Details

The Typographic Hub [Room 423]
School of Visual Communication
Faculty of Art, Design & Media
Birmingham City University
Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD

0121 331 5871