Wynkyn de Worde Society

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History of the Wynkyn de Worde Society

The society was founded in 1957, taking its name from William Caxton's journeyman, Wynkyn de Worde. This was particularly appropriate as, after Caxton's death, de Worde had been the first printer to set up his shop in Fleet Street, which was for centuries perhaps the world's most famous centre of printing.

Its members provide the Society with a wide spectrum of people dedicated to excellence in all aspects of printing and the various stages of its creation, production, and dissemination. Since its foundation the Society has looked beyond the ever-changing techniques of the world of printing to the proliferating spheres of communication. This it has done chiefly through its main activity, four luncheons a year, which are followed by a talk given by an invited speaker. At these meetings, members and guests may question the speaker and comment on the address or use the occasion to discuss matters of mutual interest. The Society prides itself on the relaxed atmosphere of these occasions and the welcome afforded to its guests.

Other events are held during evenings and on Saturdays in a variety of locations. The Society has been privileged to have special exhibits mounted for its visits to libraries such as those at the Royal Library at Windsor, Lambeth Palace, Worcester College, Westminster Abbey, Hatfield House, the Plantin Moretus Museum in Antwerp and the Parker Library, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.

The Society has printed some of the papers presented at its meetings as well as books and ephemera which have become much sought after. The Society's Charitable Trust funds bursaries and seminars to assist in the education of future generations which will be involved in printing and related activities.

New members, who will both gain from and contribute to the Society, are welcomed. Details for their nomination may be had from the Honorary Secretary (use the contact form).

Christmas Party

Make a note in your diary! The Wynkyn de Worde Society's Christmas Party will be on 30 November this year and it will be held at an exciting new location: the Cello Factory, Lambeth. ...

The Wapping Dispute

Members interested in the history of labour relations in the printing industry, and particularly the newspaper industry, may be interested in an episode of Radio 4's The Reunion about the clash between Rupert Murdoch and the unions. It is now available on iPlayer: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b091scbx I am obliged to John Granville for suggesting that it should be brought to the attention of WdeWers. ...

A date for your diary

If you don't already have the date down, make sure you're free for the Quiz Night on 17 October. It was fantastic last year and it's sure to be even better this year! ...

Printing Equipment Sale

Nicholas Russell is retiring and is selling some of his printing, finishing and other equipment by online auction ending 21 June. See here ...