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Cardiff's Hidden Treasures, with Professor Judi Loach
Thu 23 March 2017, 17:30 – 18:30 GMT
The Private Press & Fine Bindings Collection held at Special Collections and Archives was put together by the Cardiff Public Library and acquired by Cardiff University in 2010. It is probably the best such collection (both in terms of quantity - c. 2,000 items - and quality) in the UK, at least for Britain's 'Golden Age' of private presses from the 1890s to the Second World War. For decades it remained uncatalogued and effectively hidden from public view. This lecture will reveal something of its wealth: its range - all the major British private presses plus the leading foreign presses - and uncovers the highlights, before explaining why a public library invested so much in assembling such a collection of relatively luxury items.
Professor Judi Loach trained as an architect before working in freelance journalism and exhibition design (in direct contact with commercial printers). She became a volunteer printer operating hand presses before taking a PhD in architectural history. As one of those who campaigned to save the Cardiff Rare Books Collection from auction (and thus dispersal) she was delighted to discover these hidden treasures within this extraordinary collection.
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Special Collections and Archives
Arts and Social Studies Library, Cardiff University