Centre CHoP run a range of events, including research seminars, workshops, symposia, and sessions in the print room. Details of how to attend events can be found below. For more information about Centre CHoP join the mailing list (send an email to the Director) or follow us on Twitter (@CentreCHoP).

Forthcoming Events

Centre CHoP AGM, School of English, Alumni Room, 5 June 2018, 4pm

Our annual general meeting is a good opportunity to come along and find out more about the Centre.

Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future, University of Leeds, 19-20 July 2018

Featuring key note lectures by Johanna Drucker, Will Hill, and Dafi Kühne, this this two-day conference explores the survival, legacy and relevance of letterpress printing in the digital era.  The programme is here.  Further details here.

Past Events

Letterpress in the Digital Age, Bath Spa University, 6 April 2018 (Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future)

This workshop, part of our AHRC Research Network, Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future and hosted by Bath Spa’s new research centre ‘Making Books: creativity, print culture, and the digital’, examined the interconnected histories of print and digital technologies, and considered how each can help us learn about the other. For further details, click here.

Using Letterpress, National Print Museum, Dublin, 17 November 2017 (Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future)

This workshop, part of our AHRC Research Network, Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future, explores how historical printing presses and type are being used in research, practice, and teaching and to explore further ways in which they could be used.  Held at the National Print Museum in Dublin, this workshop brought together artists, printers, and typographers, as well as historians, literary scholars, and media theorists. For further details, click here.

'The State of Historical Letterpress Printing', Winterbourne House and Garden, Birmingham, 29 September 2017 (Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future)

This workshop explored the survival and use of historical printing presses and type.  Part of our AHRC Research Network, Letterpress Printing: Past, Present and Future, the event was an opportunity for network participants to share experiences and best practices, and to develop new approaches to such facilities.  Further details can be found here.

Shafquat Towheed, 'New Directions in Print Culture: Opportunities, Challenges, Trajectories', Alumni Room, School of English, 3 May 2017, 5:30-7:00pm

Shafquat Towheed is the director of the UK Reading Experience Database, 1450-1945 and is Principal Investigator of the recently completed AHRC-funded Reading Communities: Connecting the Past and the Present. He is the author or editor of a number of important books and has written extensively on the history of reading practices. With Jonathan Rose, he is co-editor of Palgrave Macmillan’s ‘New Directions in Book History’ series.

The Pencheon Collection in Context: Collecting and Recollecting the French Revolution, Sheppard Room, Treasures Gallery, 17 March 2017

This workshop, held in collaboration with the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, investigated the Pencheon Collection in the Brotherton Library.  Created by James Michael Pencheon (1924-1982), the collection contains nearly 3,000 volumes in French and English along with boxes of miscellaneous items: manuscripts, pamphlets, prints, maps, booksellers’ catalogues, newspaper clippings, correspondence and additional ephemera.  The collection raises questions about the formation of the cultural memory of the French Revolution in Britain, about the role and approach of individual collectors of materials on the French Revolution and about what can be learnt about the acquisitions policies and subsequent use of such collections in university libraries.

Speakers included Madame Valérie Guillaume, Directrice of the Musée Carnavalet, Paris, and leading UK specialists from the fields of History, History of Art and French Studies.

To download the event flyer, click here

Print Workshops, Wednesday 9 November, Wednesday 23 November, Wednesday 7 December 2016

We opened the print room on three afternoons this semester, so that staff and students interested in the history of print could visit the room, discuss the equipment and its use, and (by arrangement) use it themselves. 

Books that Go Bump in the Night, Print Room, 7 October 2016

This event, held as part of the city-wide Light Night festival, gave visitors the opportunity to experience an immersive, specially-commissioned performance written and directed by students from Performance and Cultural Industries.  We had over 130 visitors over the course of the evening, each of whom descended the stairs into the dark print room, the presses and performers illuminated only by (electric) candle-light...

Holding / Held By the Book, in theTreasures of the Brotherton Gallery, 1 July 2016 (Cultures of the Book)

This one-day symposium considered what it means to hold a book as well as the continuing hold the book has upon its readers.  The book has been many things over its long life and, with the emergence of the ebook, is changing once again.  Bringing together scholars and book artists, this symposium explores how the form of the book structures its status as privileged cultural object: what happens to the status of the book, it asks, at a time when the book is taking on new forms? The symposium was held in the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery.  The programme is here.

The Digital Book 1: Andrew Prescott, 'New Materialities of the Book', 9 June 2016 Cultures of the Book)

This seminar, organized in conjunction with Leeds Digital Humanities, was the latest in our Sadler Series Cultures of the Book.

The Digital Book 2: Andrew Prescott, 'Using Digital Archives of Eighteenth-Century Newspapers', 10 June 2016 (Cultures of the Book)

This postgraduate workshop, also organized in conjunction with Leeds Digital Humanities and part of our Sadler Series Cultures of the Book, provided a hands-on examination of digital resources.

Print Workshop, 27 April 2016

This print workshop, held in the print room, was open to anyone interested in working with the equipment. 

Science and the Illustrated Book, 23 February 2016 (Cultures of the Book).

This event explored the place of illustration in the seventeenth and eighteenth-century printed book. It featured two speakers: Eva Frojmovic (Leeds), whose paper was entitled 'Between mysticism and science: Menasseh ben Israel's printing work in 17th c Amsterdam', and David Alexander (Fitzwilliam, Cambridge), who paper was 'Scientific book illustration in eighteenth-century Britain with particular reference to the work of Wilson Lowry (1760-1824)'.

Print Demonstration, Thursday 17 December 2015

This was the first of our regular demonstrations of the print room.

Experience Historical Printing at Leeds, part of the Ilkley Literature Festival, 16 October 2015 (Cultures of the Book)

This event gave members of the public the opportunity to visit the Print Room and learn about paper-making, composition, printing, and binding. The event featured a number of Centre CHoP members, including Jim Mussell, Chris Taylor, Jon Topham, and Jennifer Young. Further details here.

The Academic Book: Simon Tanner, ‘Investigating REF 2014 as Another Means of Understanding Academic Books’, 12 October 2015 (Cultures of the Book)

Simon Tanner, from King's College London, is a Co-Investigator on the AHRC/British Library project, 'The Academic Book of the Future' and his paper uses REF 2014 data to consider the state of the academic monograph. Looking both at the proportion of books submitted across the subject panels and then in depth at English and History, Tanner reflects on the role the monograph plays in the economy of scholarly communication and discusses the challenges the monograph will face in the future. Further details can be found here.

Small Press Printing / Printing at Leeds, 9 October 2015 (Cultures of the Book)

This symposium celebrates small press printing and publishing. Focusing on poetry, it explores the legacy of small press production and sets out some of the relationships between printing technology and poetic form. It considers the place of small press printing in the digital age, asking what techniques such as hand composition can teach us today. Speakers included Luke Allan (Sine Wave Peak); John Barnard (former Director of the Institute for Bibliography and Textual Criticism at Leeds); Fiona Becket (Leeds); John Glover (Stand); Elaine Glover (Stand); Brian Lewis (Longbarrow Press); Helen Mort (Leeds); John Whale (Leeds). Further details can be found here.