Affiliate: Baskerville Society
The Baskerville Society, a constituent part of the Centre for Printing History & Culture (CPHC), is a membership group dedicated to the study of the eighteenth-century typographer, printer, industrialist and Enlightenment figure, John Baskerville (1707-75).
John Baskerville was a Birmingham inventor, entrepreneur and artist with a world-wide reputation who made eighteenth-century Birmingham a city without typographic equal, by changing the course of type design. Baskerville not only designed a typeface, which has become one of the world’s most widely used, enduring and historically important founts, he also experimented with casting and setting type, improved the construction of the printing-press, helped to develop a new kind of paper and refined the quality of printing inks. His typographic experiments put him ahead of his time, had an international impact and did much to enhance the printing and publishing industries of his day. Yet despite his importance, fame and influence many aspects of Baskerville’s work and life remain unexplored and his contribution to printing, the arts, technological change and the Enlightenment are largely unrecognized.
To address this The Baskerville Society considers Baskerville’s contribution to typographic and eighteenth-century history including: printing and typographic history, metals and materials, the history of the book and design, social and industrial history and bibliography.
Hands on the archives in the Cadbury Research Library; Sue Thomas and Dan Wale look at the print culture of Radical Birmingham 1817-32.
Cathleen Baker talks about her ongoing research into the wove paper and typographical variants in John Baskerville’s Virgil (Birmingham, 1757).
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Professor Caroline Archer-Parre, [Room 423], School of Visual Communication, Faculty of Arts, Design & Media, Birmingham City University, Parkside Building, 5 Cardigan Street, Birmingham B4 7BD
0121 331 5871