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Printing for the workplace: industrial and business publishing

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Every company that has ever issued a catalogue, advertising leaflet or annual report, can be regarded either as a publisher or a user of publishing services, and their products can be termed either ‘industrial’ or ‘business publishing’. This conference considers the development of 'industrial publishing' from its earliest days through to the end of the twentieth century, by which time the issuing of printed matter had become an important ancillary manufacturing activity and industrial publishing finally recognised as a professional adjunct to business. Papers consider the design, production and distribution of industrial and business publishing, but also the companies that issued it, the jobbing printers that produced it, and the clients who used it.


Claire Bolton (Independent Scholar) The Abbey Press: a monastic print-shop at the Benedictine community of New Norcia, Western AustraliaJane Cooksey (University of Wolverhampton) Geared for good business—the post-World War II advertising campaign of the British Wholesale Textile AssociationStephen Ferguson (Department of Posts & Telegraphs, Dublin) Miniature masterpieces – making stamps for the Post OfficeGeorgina Grant (Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust) Ironware and illustration: the Coalbrookdale company cataloguesJohn Grayson (Birmingham City University) Imperfect printed enamel surfaces: Interpreting marks of eighteenth-century craftsmanshipJennie Hill (University of Aberystwyth) Get the Spirit of Joy into your Printed Things: advertising and ephemera at the Curwen Press; Diana Patterson (Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) The eternal business of publishing: computer manuals when computers were the size of a large room; Jonathan Roscoe (Oxford Brookes University) ‘The age of shouting had arrived’: Victor Gollancz and the marketing of the Left Book ClubDeborah Sutherland and Ruth Hibbard (Victoria and Albert Museum) ‘Success is dependent on the graphic artists and not the office boy’: the National Art Library’s Jobbing Printing initiative of 1936; Helen Williams (Edinburgh Napier University) Printing for printers: print trade journals in nineteenth-century Britain.

VENUE Gladstone's Library, Hawarden, Flinshire, Wales

DATE OF EVENT 12 July 2018

COMMITTEE Dr Catherine Armstrong (University of Loughborough); Dr Caroline Archer-Parré (Birmingham City University); Dr Maureen Bell (University of Birmingham); Dr Giles Bergel (University of Oxford); Julia Cunningham (Independent researcher); Dr John Hinks (Birmingham City University); Barry McKay (Independent researcher); David Osbaldestin (Birmingham City University); Dr Lisa Peters (University of Chester).