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November 2020

The Stationers’ Company and its Almanacks

The Stationers’ Company and its Almanacks

25 NOVEMBER 2020

Richard Gilpin has written a detailed piece on the Stationers’ Company and its Almanacks which was abridged for Stationers' News but the whole article including images is reproduced here.

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July 2020

Stationers' First Virtual Archive Event

Stationers' First Virtual Archive Event

29 JULY 2020

On 13 July the Stationers' Company held its first virtal Archive Event over Zoom to replace the event which had been planned for the Hall in April.  There will be a write up in Stationers' News but those who would have liked to Zoom in on the night but were unable to do so can watch the webinar by clicking on the image below.

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June 2020

The Domestic Herbal

The Domestic Herbal

12 JUNE 2020

Liveryman Margaret Willes's new book The Domestic Herbal comes out this month. Being something of an expert on the subject, Margaret explained to me how herbs were used at Stationers' Hall in the seventeenth-century - and why the hiring of a herbwoman was considered a crucial expense for any banquet.

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May 2020

The Stationers' Company and Letter Writing

The Stationers' Company and Letter Writing

28 MAY 2020

Written communication has always been at the heart of what Stationers do and noting that letter writing has increased in populrity during the Covid-19 crisis,  Ruth Frendo, the Company Archivist, has been researching how letter writing is important to the Company both as it is represented in the Archive and as a consistently popular form of communication with members.

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April 2020

Surviving the Plague

Surviving the Plague

17 APRIL 2020

Unsurprisingly, there have been a lot of references to ‘the plague’ in the media over the last few weeks. The 400-year pandemic of bubonic plague which swept from China into Europe in the fourteenth century is, in the popular imagination, the closest parallel we have to our current situation. Lately, when answering research queries, writing ‘Archive News’ posts, or looking up references for the Master’s letter, I’ve found myself consulting our digital Archive to understand how Stationers responded to outbreaks of plague in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. With limited medical understanding, restricted communication technologies, and inadequate social welfare, their predicament must have seemed far more terrifying and isolating than our own.

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Literature in Lockdown - 3

Literature in Lockdown - 3

14 APRIL 2020

As London settles into a period of restricted movement, we look at some documents from the Stationers' Company Archive, which show us how writers, printers and publishers have responded to similar crises over history.

In my final post on this subject, my starting point is the publication of Thomas Dekker's pamphlet The Wonderfull Yeare.

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Literature in Lockdown - 2

Literature in Lockdown - 2

6 APRIL 2020

As London settles into a period of restricted movement, we look at some documents from the Stationers' Company Archive, which show us how writers, printers and publishers have responded to similar crises over history.

Here we discuss the publication of Shakespeare's long poem  Venus and Adonis.

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March 2020

Literature in Lockdown - 1

Literature in Lockdown - 1

31 MARCH 2020

As London settles into a period of restricted movement, we look at some documents from the Stationers' Company Archive, which show us how writers, printers and publishers have responded to similar crises over history.

We start with the publication history of Shakespeare's King Lear.

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January 2020

Ballads in the Stationers' Registers

Ballads in the Stationers' Registers

24 JANUARY 2020

Acclaimed folk musicians Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmons visited the Stationers' Company Archive last week, and were thrilled to discover the original registration, in the seventeenth-century, of a song which they have recently recorded. Read more here.

December 2019

University of Greenwich Students visit the Stationers' Archive

University of Greenwich Students visit the Stationers' Archive

5 DECEMBER 2019

In November we were delighted to host two visits to the Archive for students at the University of Greenwich.  Our Archivist, Dr Ruth Frendo has written about the visits which it is hoped will be the first of many and you can read her full report here.

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The Stationers’ Company is presented with a copy of the beautiful publication 'Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries'

The Stationers’ Company is presented with a copy of the beautiful publication 'Marks of Genius: Masterpieces from the Collections of the Bodleian Libraries'

4 DECEMBER 2019

Yesterday three members of the staff from the Bodleian Library joined a guided tour of Stationers' Hall and the Church of St Martin- within-Ludgate. They also saw some of the documents in the Stationers' Company Archive which record the long association between their Library and the Company.

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November 2019

A Wonderful Addition to the Stationers' Collection of Miniature Almanacs

A Wonderful Addition to the Stationers' Collection of Miniature Almanacs

20 NOVEMBER 2019

Christmas came early to the Archive today in the form of the donation by Mr Kent Robinson of a miniature almanac dating from 1768.

 

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