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.



John Baskerville (Bromsgrove: History West Midlands, 2017)

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)


with Kate Isles, The Beauty of Letters: text, type and communication in the eighteenth century (2018) 

with Matthew Day, The Form of the Book: from codex to computer (2017)

with Malcolm Dick, John Baskerville: art, industry and technology of the Enlightenment (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017)

with Lisa Peters, Religion & the Book Trade (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers:, 2015)

Caroline Archer (ed), Book 2.0 (Bristol: Intellect Books, 2012)


‘John Baskerville and the astonished librarians of Europe’ in Caroline Archer and Matthew Day (eds), The Form of the Book: from codex to computer (2017)

‘The Baskerville Club, 1903-­31’ in Caroline Archie and Malcolm Dick (eds), John Baskerville: art, industry and technology of the Enlightenment (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2017)

‘Printed in Birmingham’, in Carl Chinn and Malcolm Dick (eds), Birmingham: the workshop of the world (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2016)

‘The Typographic Book’, in Simon Eliot and Jonathan Rose (eds), A New Companion to the History of the Book (London: John Wiley & Son, 2016)

‘An history of the typographic historians’, in Leslie Atzmon and Teal Triggs (eds), The Graphic Design Reader (London, Bloomsbury Press, 2015)

‘Black Letters in the Heart of Rome’ in Caroline Archer and Lisa Peters (eds) Religion and the book trade (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2014)

‘Paris underground:  the missing memory of the city’ in Critical Quarterly. (London: John Wiley & Son, 2013)


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