St Bride Library Closure: Update Roundup

On 31 July I post­ed that the Library at St Bride’s was to close, but noth­ing had been pub­lished on the Foun­da­tion’s web­site.

Around the same time Print­Week report­ed that the Library was being ‘restruc­tured’.  The Asso­ci­a­tion of Euro­pean Muse­ums said –

Giv­en the cli­mate of uncer­tain­ty which has sur­round­ed the future devel­op­ment of the St Bride Library in recent years, these announce­ments can only add to the anx­i­ety felt by the many schol­ars, typog­ra­phers and design­ers world­wide for whom St Bride’s is one of the fore­most inter­na­tion­al resources in the field.

On 06 August the Foun­da­tion made a state­ment to clar­i­fy the posi­tion.  I’m rather selec­tive here in my quote, but I find this remark­able –

Many of you will have heard wild sto­ries about the clo­sure of St Bride Library and the Work­shop. I am also aware that some peo­ple are under the impres­sion that the whole Foun­da­tion is clos­ing with­out fur­ther ado and that every­thing will be sold or giv­en away and that will be the end of the sto­ry.

This is sim­ply not true.

Dis­ap­point­ing­ly, the wildest sto­ry — that the library and work­shops will cease — is true.

Closure of St Bride Library

Ter­ri­ble news this after­noon: after 123 years St Bride Library will close.  The web­site it not yet updat­ed, but this mes­sage was post­ed to the LETPRESS list today –

St Bride Foun­da­tion Update

We would like to bring to your atten­tion that due to fund­ing con­straints the Foun­da­tion regrets that it is no longer pos­si­ble to keep the print­ing work­shop and library open in the cur­rent for­mat.

This has meant that the employ­ees work­ing in those depart­ments have had to be made redun­dant.

St Bride Foun­da­tion remains com­mit­ted to the care and con­ser­va­tion of its col­lec­tions and con­ser­va­tion work will con­tin­ue.

If you have made book­ings for vis­its to the library or print­ing work­shop we shall be con­tact­ing you in the near future.

The ‘Shepherd’s at St Bride’ cours­es and our series of lec­tures will remain unaf­fect­ed.

All the oth­er activ­i­ties that take place with­in the Foun­da­tion, the Bridewell The­atre, the Bridewell Bar and venue hire all remain vibrant and ful­ly active, which includes our cur­rent exhi­bi­tion ‘St Bride Unveiled’.

For any fur­ther infor­ma­tion please con­tact the Chief Exec­u­tive glyn@sbf.org.uk

Arab Press Register

In the Sum­mer of 2013 I set up a form to col­lect details of Arabs press­es around the world.  There are 19 press­es reg­is­tered at the moment run­ning in age from about 1892 to 1907.

If you run an Arab and are will­ing to share the details, please com­plete the Arab Reg­is­ter.  In the com­ing months, I’ll organ­ise a way of shar­ing the con­tact details of Arab users.

Ben

St Bride Foundation: Wayzgoose Sunday 17 May

The St. Bride Foun­da­tion will be hold­ing a Wayz­goose — a print­ers’ fair — this com­ing Sun­day 17 May between 11am and 4pm.  Details at their web­site!

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