For ages now I have been promising our Emeritus Honorary Archivist, Robin Myers, that I would publicise a conference that she is running in the Hall at the end of next month. It is the 33rd Annual Conference on Book Trade History being held at Stationers' Hall on Sunday, 27 and Monday, 28 November 2011. The theme is 'A Skilled Workforce: Training and Collaboration in the Book Trades from the 16th Century'.
You will understand my diffidence if I explain that I am one of the speakers, billed to speak about apprenticeship training at the Alden Press and my experiences as Chairman of the Printing National Training Organisation!
Although this session, sensibly timed to coincide when all decent people will have their minds focused on more important matters at church (!), will be eminently missable, the rest of the conference should be very interesting and I know that Robin is very keen to get more Stationers attending.
So, if you are free on one or both of those dates, and are interested in the history of training in our industries, please come along. You can download a flyer and booking form by clicking here.