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9 MAY 2023

May events at St Bride Foundation

Stationers and anyone with an interest in print history will be excited to learn of two upcoming events at St Bride's Foundation. On Thursay 11th May, at 7-8.30pm, designer and author Marcin Wichary will give a talk on the history and creative potential of typing keyboards. And on Thursday 25th May, 7-8.30pm, representatives of five printing institutions from across Britain and Ireland get together to discuss their histories and collections. For full details, see below.

11th May - Shift Happens: The abridged history of having fun \/\/ith keyboards

Justin Howes Memorial Lecture given by Marcin Wichary

A spread from ‘Shift Happens’ showing various Olivetti typewriters. Photos courtesy of, Mr. & Mrs. Vintage Typewriters, and Georg Sommeregger. Spread courtesy of Marcin Wichary and SBF, shared with permission.

Typing keyboards and QWERTY have existed for almost exactly 150 years, and for almost exactly 150 years they have been used not just as data entry devices and literary partners, but also as instruments of creative expression. Join Figma design manager Marcin Wichary, author of the upcoming book Shift Happens to solve a typewriter mystery, learn the basics of artyping, chat with Eliza and her (its?) friends, figure out the difference between ANSI, ASCII, and PETSCII art, and meet the extended family of the Emoji Sheriff.

Date: Thursday 11 May 2023
Location: St Bride Foundation and Online via Zoom
Time: 7–8.30pm BST
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25th May - Making Impressions: Celebrating the Printing Museums of Great Britain and Ireland

The Print Shop at Cambridge Museum of Technology. Photograph courtesy of Cambridge Museum of Technology and SBF, shared with permission.

To coincide with the annual St Bride Foundation Wayzgoose, SBF has invited five printing institutions from Great Britain and Ireland to share the stories, culture and treasures held within their walls.

With talks from the National Print Museum Dublin, Norwich Printing Museum, The Bodleian Bibliographical Press, Cambridge Museum of Technology and the St Bride Library and Print Workshop, this lecture will shine the spotlight on the rich tradition of letterpress printing heritage in our Isles.

Date: Thursday 25 May 2023
Location: St Bride Foundation and Online via Zoom
Time: 7–8.30pm BST
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