Newsletter of the Mercurians

“Printing and the Worlds of Learning”

January 5-6, 2004

Downing College, Cambridge

The Printing Historical Society, in association with the Cambridge Bibliographical Society and the Textbook Colloquium, announces its 2004 conference and requests interested people to submit abstracts for papers to be presented at the conference.

In addition to the papers, participants will have opportunities to visit the famous Wren Library at Trinity College Cambridge, the recently built Quinlan Terry Library at Downing College, the Rampant Lions Press, and at Cambridge University Library, Stanley Morison's Library and the “bibliographical” press.

Possible topics for papers include: Printing and Universities—university printers, university presses and printing houses, university censorship of printing, printing history as an academic study, university libraries and printing history, and bibliographical presses for training academics; Printing & Schools—printing and literacy, printing and textbooks, school presses, training the printer; Printing & Learning Beyond Academia—non-university printing museums and libraries, private and fine presses, printing and self-help, printing as rehabilitation.

The deadline for submitting abstracts was April 1, 2003. For more information, contact Dr. M.M. Smith, Department of Typography, University of Reading, 2 Earley Gate, Reading RG6 6AU, UK; or via e-mail: