Professor Caroline Archer-Parré

Professor Caroline Archer-Parré

Caroline is particularly interested in the history of printing in Birmingham from the eighteenth- to the twentieth-century. Her research straddles three specific areas: 1) the work of John Baskerville, typefounder, printer and designer with a world-wide reputation who made eighteenth-century Birmingham a city without typographic equal, by changing the course of type design; 2) designer-printers of the twentieth century particularly the Kynoch Press a major British printer, one that should be much better known to historians of printing and in particular to those who are interested in how printing types come to be adopted, utilised and promoted by a press; 3) the advent of technical education in the printing industry, with specific reference to the work of Leonard Jay and the Birmingham School of Printing.

Selected Publications:

Books [monographs]

John Baskerville. Bromsgrove: West Midlands History. 2017.

Paris Underground. New York: MBP. 2005.

The St Bride Notebook. Oldham: Incline Press. 2003

Tart Cards: London’s illicit advertising art. New York: MBP. 2003.

The Kynoch Press: the anatomy of a printing house 1876–1981. London: British Library. 2000.

Books [editor]

The beauty of letters: text, type & communication in the eighteenth century [ed. Archer & Dick]. Liverpool: University Press. Autumn, 2018.

From codex to computer [ed. Archer & Day]. Bristol: Intellect Books. Spring, 2017.

John Baskerville: art, industry & technology of the Enlightenment. [ed. Archer & Dick]. Liverpool: University Press. Autumn, 2017.

Religion & the book trade [ed. Archer & Philips]. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2015.

Book 2.0 [ed. Archer]. Bristol: Intellect Books. 2012.

Books/journals [contributor]

‘Collecting Baskerville’ in Private Library Quarterly Journal [ed. Chambers]. Hertfordshire: PLA. 2018.

‘Leonard Jay’ in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography [ed. Curthoys]. Oxford: University Press. 2017.

‘Leonard Jay: a pioneer of printing education’ in Printing History [ed. Palmieri] New York: American Printing History Association. 2017.

‘Points of contact: pottery and the printing industry’ in Proceedings of Wedgwood international symposium. 2017.

‘The Cambridge cult of the Baskerville Press’ in John Baskerville: art, industry & technology of the Enlightenment. [ed. Dick & Archer] Liverpool: University Press. 2017.

‘Paris sous la rue’ in Text & the City. [ed. Armstrong & Hinks]. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. 2017.

‘Type, typography and the typographer’ in New companion to the history of the book [ed. Rose & Eliott]. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell. 2017.

‘A short history of the type historians’ in Graphic design reader. [ed. Triggs & Atzmon]. London: Bloomsbury Academic. 2017.

‘Printed in Birmingham,’ in Birmingham: workshop of the world [ed. Dick & Chinn] Liverpool: University Press, 2016.

‘Black Letters in the Heart of Rome’ in Religion and the book trade [ed. Archer & Philips]. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishers, 2015.