Just a quick plug for a short piece that recently appeared on the Senate House Library blog. Noting the addition of a recently published book (Authors of the Estate vol. 2) to Senate House Library holdings on community-originated publishing, the piece then goes on to explore some of the community publishers represented within the library, including Centerprise in Hackney, founded in 1971 as the then sole bookshop in the borough.
Lightboxes and Lettering, an extensively-researched exhibition at Bow Art’s Nunnery Gallery (17/01–31/03), charts the development of the print industry in east London over the course of the 20th century. Through maps, oral histories, and previously unseen printed materials and photographs, the exhibition offers an in-depth look at the industry over the period, and how changes in production methods shaped the evolution of the industry in Hackney, Tower Hamlets, and Waltham Forest.