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Caroline Archer

Caroline runs the Typographic Hub, at Birmingham City University; the Hub works to promote the history, theory and practice of typographic design.

Research is the primary activity of the Hub and current projects include: 18th century printing; printing in the English Midlands including John Baskerville, Leonard Jay and the Kynoch Press; street literature; underground graphics of Paris; and Watford's printing past.

Although Caroline has a particular interest in the typographic history of the Midlands, she is concerned with printing of all eras, from all nationalities and in all its guises. She maintains a specialist library covering all aspects of typography and graphic communication, including the social and economic aspects of printing.

In addition, Caroline organises an annual typographic symposium, which attracts international typographic academics and practitioners prepared to talk about historical, contemporary or empirical aspects of design, or technical and practical approaches to typography.

She maintains an active publishing programme, and articles on all aspects of the history, theory and practice of typography, printing and the allied trades are frequently published online and offline. Her publishing output includes four monographs and eight co-authored titles.

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