Welcome to the Centre for the Comparative History of Print!

The Centre for the Comparative History of Print (Centre CHoP) exists to promote research concerning the history of print, in all its forms and in all periods.  The Centre brings together scholars from across the University with others interested in print and print culture.  Our distinctive emphasis is on comparing the ways in which print has brought about change in its different technological phases, in different global contexts, and in relation to other media forms, not least the digital.

Centre CHoP are the custodians of the print room in the basement of the School of English.  This facility - a paper-making room; five presses (two Victorian Albion presses, two Arab presses, and a galley); lots of type; and a bindery - is available for teaching and research.  We hold regular workshops and demonstrations in the room, so get in touch if you want to see what is there or want to get involved.  

Centre CHoP are currently running an AHRC Research Network called Letterpress Printing: Past, Present and Future.  This project, which is in collaboration with the Centre for Printing History and Culture  (CPHC, Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham), will run a series of symposia, workshops and other events culminating in a final conference in Leeds in July 2018.  Further details are here [http://letterpress.leeds.ac.uk].

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