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

A Brief Introduction to England’s Secret Printing Presses | Heritage Calling

From the Historic England blog, a Brief Introduction to England’s Secret Printing Presses.

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.