A Show of Hands
30 September-19 October
Corsham Court campus
An exhibition celebrating one of printing's most famous visual icons: the printer's fist or ‘manicule’Find out more
The Making Books research centre brings together scholars, creative practitioners, and cultural professionals to explore the concept of the book as both a created artefact and object of study.
We are interested in readers and reading practices, in print and digital culture, in technology and remediation, in book design and the book arts, in issues of access and preservation, and in the broader intellectual, cultural, social, economic, legal, and political frameworks that shape the world of the book and book futures.
Bringing together a diversity of perspectives including book history and bibliography; typography, design and the book arts; theories of creative practice; the digital humanities; digital writing and new forms of literature and storytelling; and contemporary publishing practices, the centre explores the book’s past, present, and future.
Each research centre at Bath Spa University has a named Public Engagement (PE) Champion. Our co-director, Laura Little, has taken on this role for the Making Books research centre. PE will be a major factor as we move toward the next REF, recording and developing the types of public engagement we are undertaking.
Ian specialises in the literature and history of the sixteenth, seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. He considers himself to be both a bibliographer and book historian.
Laura is an editor, illustrator and designer. Her research specialisms are in children’s picturebooks and artists' books.
Tom is a book artist. His artistic practice often involves a knowing but light-hearted reference to the book works of Ed Ruscha produced during the 1960s and 1970s.
Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, Future was an AHRC-funded Research Network that explored the survival and use of historical printing equipment, and what it has to tell us about the textual cultures of past, present and future.Letterpress Printing
The Digital Humanities Travelling Roadshow (13 April 2018) was an AHRC funded collaboration between Professor Gabriel Egan (Director of the Centre for Textual Studies, De Montfort University) and the universities of Oxford, Leeds, Strathclyde, Liverpool John Moores, and Bath Spa.
It demonstrates state of the art computational methods for textual studies, offering hands-on development for personal field expertise.Digital Humanities Travelling Roadshow
Organised as part of the AHRC funded Ambient Literature research project and celebrating the launch of the Making Books: Creativity, Print Culture, and the Digital research center, this public seminar featured Dr. Alice Bell, Dr. Edmund King, and Professor Maggie Gee.Reading: Past, Present, and Future
"The centre is interested in the diverse forms that books can take, the people who make them, the act of making itself, and the places in which books are created, made, disseminated, and accessed."