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Centre for Ephemera Studies partners with Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Centre for Ephemera Studies

Item from the Rickards Collection at Reading.

The Department of Typography has announced an exciting new Goodwill Partnership between the Centre for Ephemera Studies and the John Johnson Collection at the Bodleian Library, University of Oxford. 

The Partnership will include working together on exhibitions, symposia, funding applications, projects with postgraduate and undergraduate students, and sharing of expertise on cataloguing, conservation, and print identification and conservation. It aims to reinforce the potential of ephemera to fellow academics from a wide range of disciplines as well as the general public.

Commenting on this new initiative, Julie Anne Lambert, Librarian of the John Johnson Collection said:

“The John Johnson Collection is delighted to partner the Centre for Ephemera Studies at the University of Reading. Our joint aim is to further the academic and popular potential of ephemera to cast light on the everyday lives of our forebears through the documents they themselves saw and handled. We are particularly excited to work with the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication in exploring the materiality of ephemera in their (often innovative) design and printing.”

Professor Roberta Gilchrist, Research Dean for Heritage and Creativity at Reading noted:

“The University of Reading warmly welcomes the new partnership between the Centre for Ephemera Studies and the Bodleian Library, John Johnson Collection. The collaboration will highlight the rich potential of ephemera to illuminate the history of everyday life and to inspire new approaches to contemporary printing and design.”

As one of two departmental research centres, the Centre for Ephemera Studies is the world’s first research centre dedicated to the study of ephemera, a discipline centred on the evidential data of printed items beyond books and serial publications. The centre was inaugurated by Lord Briggs in May 1993 and resides within the Department of Typography & Graphic Communication. 

Further information on the Centre for Ephemera Studies can be found on the Research centres page. 

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