St Bride Library first opened its doors to readers in November 1895 and quickly established itself as one of the world’s most significant collections of books, artefacts and ephemera on printing, typography, paper-making and the graphic arts.
Join Sophie Hawkey-Edwards, Bob Richardson and Mick Clayton as we take you on a whistlestop tour of our labyrinthine Victorian building sharing highlights from our remarkable library and museum collections, exploring our fabulous workshop and learning about the history of our organization.
Sophie Hawkey-Edwards is the St Bride Foundation Librarian, in which capacity she oversees library and museum collections which include one of the worlds largest and most significant treasuries of type specimens. Sophie also manages the foundation’s learning programme, encompassing the print workshop and associated fundraising activities.
Previously Library and Learning Manager at Conway Hall Humanist Library, and Creative Team Leader for West Dunbartonshire Council, way back in the mists of time Sophie was a Young People’s Librarian and can therefore sing, dance, talk like a pirate and fettle thrilling objects d'art from sticky back plastic and broken forks.
St Bride Foundation is an independent cultural institute which cares for an internationally significant collection spanning print, design and typography. We exist to tell the story of print, providing creative inspiration for the communities of designers, printers, artists and the public who bring life to our building and library collections.
Within the eccentric maze of our Victorian building you can create original artworks on our treasury of historic printing presses, explore one of the largest collections of type specimens in the world, or fire your synapses with our carefully curated programme of talks. We revel in revealing and interpreting the power of language, from the design of a single letter to the pulling of a printed page.