Thursday 17th September, 17:00-18:30

Join members of the Centre for Print History and Culture to launch a special edition of the journal Midland History, (Taylor & Francis Online ) which is dedicated to printing history and culture of the Midlands.

The Midlands was Britain’s most historically important printing region 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 world printing during the mid-eighteenth century. Its contribution to printing history, however, extends beyond Caslon and Baskerville, 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 national and international typographic force. But it is not simply technological 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.


The launch event features short presentations by the contributors on their articles and time for discussion. It is hosted by by Dr Malcolm Dick Director of the Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham. 

For full detail on contributors and to book: 

About ArtsFest

This year marks the sixth year of Artsfest hosted by the University of Wolverhampton. Traditionally they work with cultural venues across the region to programme a variety of events including live performances, workshops, theatre shows, music, poetry, art exhibitions, and lots more to get involved with. Despite the challenging times we all find ourselves in Artsfest still want to bring art to you. They have put together a programme of insightful and inspiring online artists’ talks. The BCSC will be highlighting events over coming weeks!