About the Centre

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 the Faculties of Arts and PVAC 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 the arrival of digital media.   

Centre CHoP are leading efforts to renovate 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 being made 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.  

Centre CHoP are currently running a Sadler Seminar, ‘Cultures of the Book’.  Further details about this can be found on the Cultures of the Book website or on our events page.