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A Kingdom of Cardboard: Bob Richardson on the Golden Age of BBC Graphics

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A Kingdom of Cardboard: Bob Richardson on the Golden Age of BBC Graphics

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Sep 21 2022 19:00 - 20:30
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St Bride Foundation and Online via Zoom

In-person time (BST):
Doors/bar: 18:15
Talk starts: 19:00
Talk ends: 20:30
In-person tickets: £8, £10, £12.

Please note: for in-person tickets please ensure you arrive promptly as you will need to be seated before 6:50pm to ensure the live streaming of the online event is not disrupted. Late comers may potentially not be admitted. Please can you take a lateral flow test on the day of the talk to make sure you are Covid-free before attending. These are not mandatory but we ask as a courtesy for the well-being of other attendees.

Online time (BST):
Online tickets: £3, £5

Please note: you will be emailed the Zoom link for the talk at 6pm GMT on the day of the talk.

To coincide with our ‘A Kingdom of Cardboard’ exhibition to celebrate 100 years of the BBC, our very own Bob Richardson will deliver a lecture on the collection of BBC-related ephemera he has amassed over a 35 year period since starting work at the BBC in 1977.

His collection holds many treasures including iconic channel idents, an illuminated Police Box panel from Tom Baker’s Tardis from 1980, studio logos used on set for Match of the Day to an early example of the famous Blue Peter badge, designed by Tony Hart in 1963 for a fee of £100 guineas and much more.

This is a rare opportunity to hear fascinating insights into the BBC’s rich visual heritage from a man who was working right at the heart of this kingdom of cardboard.

Bob Richardson was born in 1955 and trained as an art teacher at St Mary’s College of Education, part of Newcastle University. In the spring of 1977 he joined the BBC, working in the Presentation Department, and later for BBC Exhibitions. He spent over thirty years as an assistant in the Graphic Design Department and took early retirement in 2012, joining the team at St Bride Library, where he remains a part-time member of staff a decade later.

During his thirty-five-year BBC career, based primarily at the Television Centre in Shepherd’s Bush, Bob rarely passed a rubbish bin without inspecting the contents, and much of the material in our exhibition was rescued from the detritus of programme making between 1977 and his retirement.

n was rescued from the detritus of programme making between 1977 and his retirement.


Established in 1891 with a clear social and cultural purpose, St Bride Foundation is one of London’s hidden gems.

Housed in a beautiful Grade II listed Victorian building, St Bride Foundation was originally set up to serve the burgeoning print and publishing trade of nearby Fleet Street, and is now finding a new contemporary audience of designers, printmakers and typographers who come to enjoy a regular programme of design events and workshops.

Many thousands of books, printing-related periodicals and physical objects are at the heart of St Bride Library. Volumes on the history of printing, typography, newspaper design and paper-making jostle for space alongside one of the world’s largest and most significant collections of type specimens. The printed, written, carved and cast word may be found at St Bride in its myriad forms. Architectural lettering and examples of applied typography in many media, together with substantial collections of steel punches and casting matrices for metal types are also held in this eclectic collection. The Reading Room is open to visitors twice a month and on other days by appointment. Although we operate on a cost-neutral basis, it is necessary to charge for some of our services. Details are available by emailing the library team at

St Bride retains many of its original features, including the baths, laundry, printing rooms and library. As part of the Foundation’s original mission to provide for the community, many of the building’s unique and characterful spaces are available to hire whether for meetings, weddings or classes.

St Bride also houses the popular Bridewell Theatre, and Bridewell Bar (once the laundry), and hosts a year-round programme of plays, comedy, music and exhibitions.

With some 65,000 visitors a year St Bride Foundation is a major London hub for the creative arts in London. We look forward to welcoming you soon.


St Bride Foundation St Bride Foundation, 14 Bride Ln, EC4Y 8EQ London


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