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The Stationers’ Company records are now available on ROLLCO, a site providing records of Apprentices and Freemen in the City of London Livery Companies between 1400 and 1900. You can visit the site here:


Robert Hooke - the man who measured London after the Great Fire of 1666 and claimed Newton stole his ideas about gravity - also observed the world through lenses and in his Micrographia of 1665 illustrated in the minutest detail the smallest things. Come and see his great book at the Archive Evening event 'Printing and the Mind: Seventeenth-Century Transformations' on Monday 24 April 2017.

Richard Bentley - the greatest classical scholar of his times and one of the most disputatious and vexatious of academics, constantly in litigation against his colleagues, but also the invigorator and re-organiser of printing in Cambridge who set the University on course to be a great academic publisher. Book now to see his work at the Archive Evening event 'Printing and the Mind: Seventeenth-Century Transformations' on Monday 24 April 2017.

Isaac Newton, whose Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica remained unchallenged as a way of studying the physical world until Einstein introduced the theory of relativity in the twentieth century. First published under the auspices of the Royal Society in 1687, a much revised second edition came out from the Cambridge press. Come and see an image of Newton’s own revisions shown alongside the same page in the handsome Cambridge book of 1713. Book now to see his work at the Archive Evening event 'Printing and the Mind: Seventeenth-Century Transformations' on Monday 24 April 2017.

Isaac Newton

Liber A is undergoing restoration and has been digitised. A previous restoration involving coating the pages has had to be removed as the coating had deteriorated through time.

The Bibliographical Society is intending to publish Liber A later this year.


This project aims to make available the records of membership of different Livery Companies. The Stationers’ Company records make available, in remarkable detail, the sustained and significant membership activity of the Company.

A development site will be available from the end of June for the Company to view and approve before being general release. Watch out for an announcement showing that the Stationers' Company records have gone live and meanwhile enjoy the information available so far on


Gordon Johnson has stepped up to organise the 2017 Archive Evening and his title will be ‘The Enlightenment’ – a very challenging one.

Gordon is an historian who has written on India and Cambridge and amongst many other posts has Chaired the Cambridge University Press from 1993- 2009. He is currently the President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain.

Margaret Willes, who has organised four Archive Evenings, excelled herself with this year's evening which had a waiting list and 202 attendees.

Our thanks go to the Guildhall Library for the loan of material which combined with the Stationers’ Company items made a fascinating exhibition.

The lecture started with a light-hearted look at who was William Shakespeare, using portraits to compare the different images given by Peter Ross, Principal Librarian of the Guildhall Library.

Abigail Riokison-Woodall followed with a fascinating look at Shakespeare’s work both as an actress and an academician.

The evening was co-chaired  by Margaret Willes and Professor Brian Cummings.

 We need to give our special thanks to Margaret who is now standing down as organiser of the Archive Evenings.


Photos from the evening can be viewed here.

Here's a taster of what might be learnt at the archive event on Monday, 25 April 2016, click here to book!

Playbill of Every Man in His Humour, 1848

every man in his humour playbill

Charles Dickens played a major role in the purchase for the nation of Shakespeare’s Birthplace in Stratford upon Avon in 1847, and continued to raise funds so that a perpetual curatorship could be established. On May 17 1848, in aid of the Fund for the Endowment of a Perpetual Curatorship of Shakespeare’s House, the novelist stage managed an amateur production of Ben Johnson’s Every Man in his Humour at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, with himself as Captain Bobadil, joined by his friends, including George Cruikshank, the illustrator, and Mark Lemon, editor of Punch, in the role of Brainworm.

Records of the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers

Shakespeare’s Globe is delighted to announce its plans to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Over the weekend of 23 - 24 April 2016, specially created short films of each of Shakespeare's plays will be shown on screens along the banks of the Thames.

Dubbed The Complete Walk, the project will extend from Westminster Bridge to Tower Bridge and will be produced with support from the British Council, as part of its 2016 Shakespeare Lives programme, and the Mayor of London. The anniversary weekend will also mark the return of the unprecedented world tour of Hamlet, which will play on the Globe stage for four final performances, after an extraordinary two years performing in every country in the world.

For more information and booking please click here.

The Worshipful Company
of Stationers
and Newspaper Makers

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