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London Branch

The Branch has been in existence since 1948 and serves members living in London and the Thames Valley. Meetings are generally held in and around Central London.

Printing Events of Interest to Members

Tuesday 29th, October — 19:00–20:30 — In Search of Emery Walker, a talk by Simon Loxley

Emery Walker's role as inspiration and facilitator for the private press movement – most notably through the Kelmscott, Doves, Ashendene and Cranach presses – and in the raising of general standards in printing and typography, is well-known among designers, bibliophiles and lovers of fine print.

Simon set out to build a picture of Walker, his work and his world, a man who professionally and socially seemed to ‘know everyone’; re-examining what had hitherto been written about him, and researching archive material, principally at the Harry Ransom Center in Texas, from Walker’s house itself, made accessible in 2017 at the V&A, and of course at St Bride Library.

Passmore Edwards Room
St Bride Foundation
14 Bride Lane,
EC4Y 8EQ

Tickets £10–£15 — book here.

Saturday 2nd, November — 10:00–17:00 — Oxford Wayzgoose

A printers’ fair organised by the Oxford Guild of Printers — 40+ tables of letterpress equipment, fine press printers, specialist book-sellers, paper suppliers, bookbinders, etc.

This event is free to attend.

Kenneth Weare Hall,
Oxford Brookes,
OX3 0BP

Forthcoming Events

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Tuesday 29th, October — In Search of Emery Walker, a talk by Simon Loxley

Saturday 2nd, November — Oxford Wayzgoose

Reports on Past Events

St Bride's Printing Library — Thursday 22nd, May 2014

On 22 May 2014, a group of London-based BPS members met for a tour of the St Bride’s Printing Library given by Bob Richardson, the Acting Secretary of the London Branch. There was an introduction to the history of the St Bride’s Foundation and a visit to the Passmore Edwards room (the old reading room) and the associated recreation of William Blades’ study with his collection of books — the Library’s first acquisition. Such treasures as Caxton’s Boethius and a Kelmscott Chaucer were shown followed by a visit to the main library stack where the group saw Eric Gill’s original drawings for Gill Sans and the vast collection of matrices and punches from the Caslon type foundry.

Over tea and biscuits, the assembled members officially joined the London Branch whose membership had dwindled over recent years and William Rouse offered to take on the role of Branch Chairman and Matt McKenzie the role of Secretary.

In the small amount of time left, the newly invigorated London Branch had a quick look around the workshop and marvelled at the equipment ranging from an 18c wooden press, a Stanhope, Albion, Columbian and the inevitable Heidelberg Tiegel (which was produced from 1950 until 1985).

The good thing is that the group only saw a fraction of the collection, meaning that another visit is absolutely necessary and it is hoped that even more members will benefit from the excellent generosity and knowledge of the evening’s guide, Bob Richardson, whom we thank for giving up his evening to show the group around.

Contacting the Branch

Branch Chairman
William Rouse (10330) ku.oc.snoitcuakciwsihc@mailliw
Secretary
Matt McKenzie (10577) moc.sserpikirakakeap@ttam
07836 785505