Exhibition: Batsford, 175 Years of a Bloomsbury Publisher

This exhibition runs from Mon, 8th Apr 2019 to Fri, 28th Jun 2019. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

Cost: Free of Charge

The story of Batsford began when Bradley Thomas Batsford opened the doors to his bookshop on High Holborn in 1843. Before the end of the century, Batsford had established itself as the publisher of specialist non-fiction books for the general reader for which it is still known.

This exhibition tells the Batsford story, with highs and lows, through a selection of books and archive materials from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. From the first publication released under the Batsford imprint in 1874 to recent bestsellers, along with volumes by Gertrude Stein, Cecil Beaton, Stevie Smith, John Betjeman, John Piper, Constance Howard and many more. Books from the much-loved and highly collectable Batsford Heritage Series are on display, instantly recognisable through Brian Cook’s iconic cover designs. Other key publishing areas are also explored including architecture, art, textiles, craft and fashion.

Today, Batsford is an award-winning and thriving imprint of independent publisher Pavilion Books, based just a ten-minute walk from Batsford’s original location on High Holborn.

Contact and Booking Details

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No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre,

Holborn Library,
32-38 Theobalds Road,

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