Printing and the Midlands
Editors: Dr Caroline Archer-Parré and Dr John Hinks
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
We are inviting chapter contributions of 5,000-8,000 words to Printing in the Midlands, a special edition of the journal Midland History to be published by Taylor and Francis in 2020.
Volume outline The Midlands was Britain’s most historically important centre of printing outside London. Through its connections with William Caslon I, England’s first native type-founder (Cradley), and John Baskerville, the famous printer, (Birmingham) it became a centre of European printing during the mid-eighteenth century. Its contribution to printing history, however, extends beyond these naes, and for three centuries the region’s printers, type-founders, engravers, bookmakers, newspaper makers and typographic educators combined to make the region not only a local but also national and international typographic force. But it is not simply technological and educational advances that made the region’s printing trade significant. Its products were a reflection of its changing intellectual, social, spiritual, and commercial life, which has been preserved through the production of books, broadsides, ballads, newspapers and a range of general printing.
For the purposes of this publication the midlands includes: Bedfordshire, Derbyshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Rutland, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.
This volume will considers the history of the region’s printing industry and its products from the arrival of the first printer in the early-eighteenth century to the late-twentieth century when printing had become fully embedded in the cultures of the region.
About the journal Midland History is the principal journal covering the history of the English midlands. First produced in 1971, the journal is published by an editorial board of scholars who write on the midlands, operating under the auspices of the University of Birmingham. It is a refereed journal which prints articles on midlands topics: from professional and amateur historians alike, locally based and from overseas.
Proposal submission If you are interested in contributing to this volume, in the first instance please send a title, 400-word abstract, and 200-word resume to using the form below by 30 September 2018.