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).

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Members’ Page Working Again

I am pleased to announce that the Members’ Page is working again. There are plans to make it much more useful in future. In particular, you will be able to use an online booking form in future (I hope). ...

Peter White

We are very sad to report the death of Peter White, someone it was always a pleasure to bump into at Wynkyn de Worde events. He will be sorely missed. If any member would like to go to the funeral, please contact the Hon. Sec. for details. ...

Stationers’ Company Archive Evening, Stationers’ Hall, 15 April, 5.30–9.30 p.m.

Members of the Wynkyn de Worde Society may be interested in a forthcoming Archive Evening at Stationers’ Hall. The theme is News and Newspapers. The keynote speaker will be Christopher McKane, former Deputy Managing Editor of The Times, who will be speaking about The Times and distributing facsimile copies of the first issue of The Daily Universal Register, the predecessor of The Times. There will also be an exhibition of material from the Company’s archive and items also from The Times on ...

Freda Sack, 1951–2019

Sadly, Freda Sack, the British type designer, died in February. You can download Catherine Dixon's obituary here. ...