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Tour of St Bride Foundation

Tour of St Bride Foundation

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Date

Jan 25 2024 11:00 - 13:00

Description

Tour of St Bride Foundation

St Bride Foundation, located behind Fleet Street, houses the history of print and the skills that made Fleet Street the undisputed home of printing and publishing in London.

Housed in a beautiful Victorian structure from 1891, the Foundation serves to maintain its extensive printing press library, while also using its resources and support to promote research, education, and the arts. Originally set up to serve the trade of nearby Fleet Street, the Foundation now offers a wide range of workshops and design events to any and all interested in printing.

Come tour our printing workshop, historic rooms, and famous library. Get the chance to view some of the items in the library’s special collection, and learn more about the Foundation and its significant place in the illustrious history of the printing press trade. Perfect for designers, printmakers, or just lovers of history.

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Organiser

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 library@sbf.org.uk.

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.

Venue

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

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