Dr John Hinks

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John Hinks is Chair of the National Printing Heritage Committee, Co-ordinator of the History of the Printed Image Network (HoPIN), a member of the Print Networks conference committee, and is Deputy Editor and Reviews Editor of 'Publishing History'. He chaired the Printing Historical Society from 2010 to 2019 and remains a member of its Committee.

He is also Visiting Reader in Printing History and Culture at Birmingham City University, where he is a member of the Executive Group of the Centre for Printing History and Culture, a joint venture between Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham. He is also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham, and a series editor of the 'Printing History and Culture' series of essay collections and monographs, published by Peter Lang Ltd.

Research Interests

  • Urban cultural history, especially print culture and urban cultural networks, in the early modern period and long 18th century
  • History of printing and the book trade, especially trade networks, and the wealth, status and social mobility of book-trade people in the long 18th century
  • The urban context (cultural, social, economic, civic) of printing and printers; choice of location for book-trade businesses
  • The history of prints and printmaking, especially in the early twentieth century; urban themes in print, both text and image

Current Research Projects

The Urban Context of Printing and Print Culture

I am interested in how printers, booksellers and other book-trade people selected their (primarily urban) business locations and how they interacted with their urban communities. My essay 'The Urban Context of Eighteenth-Century English Provincial Printing' is included in Text and Image in the City (see Publications below).

The Book Trade in English Spa Towns in the Long Eighteenth Century

This project focuses on the unique nature of book-trade activity (especially printing, bookselling and circulating libraries) in spa towns: the extent to which the trade balanced the demands of residents and visitors, the partly seasonal nature of the trade, and its contribution to the development of tourism and leisure.

Recent and Forthcoming Publications

  • Review of Knowledge and the Early Modern City: a History of Entanglements, edited by Bert de Munck and Antonella Romano, English Historical Review (forthcoming 2021)
  • Review of Pen, Print and Communication in the Eighteenth Century, edited by Caroline Archer-Parré and Malcolm Dick, Midland History, 46:1 (2020), pp. 148-9.

  • Review of Edvard Munch: Love and Angst, [catalogue of 2019 British Museum exhibition of Munch's prints], edited by Giulia Bartram, Journal of the Printing Historical Society, 3rd series, 1 (2020), pp. 310-11.
  • Review of Leisure Cultures in Urban Europe c.1700-1870, edited by Peter Borsay and Jan Hein Furneé, English Historical Review, 135 (2020), pp. 1037-8.
  • 'The History of Printing and Print Culture: Contexts and Controversies' (in a special issue on printing and print culture in the Midlands, edited by Caroline Archer-Parré and John Hinks), Midland History, 45:2 (2020), pp. 134-144.
  • Review of Street Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century: Producers, Sellers, Consumers, edited by David Atkinson and Steve Roud, The Library, 7.20.2 (2019), pp. 261-3
  • John Hinks & Catherine Armstrong (eds), The English Urban Renaissance Revisited (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018)
  • 'Baskerville's Birmingham: Printing and the English Urban Renaissance', in John Baskerville: art, industry and technology of the Enlightenment, edited by Caroline Archer and Malcolm Dick (Liverpool UP, 2017)
  • John Hinks & Catherine Armstrong (eds), Text and Image in the City: Manuscript, Print and Visual Culture in Urban Space (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017)
  • John Hinks & Catherine Feely (eds.), Historical Networks in the Book Trade (Routledge, 2017)
  • 'Spreading the Word: bookselling and printing before 1800', History West Midlands,1 (2013), pp. 12-14.
  • John Hinks & Victoria Gardner (eds.), The Book Trade in Early Modern England: Practices, Perceptions, Connections (British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2014)
  • 'The Book Trade in Early Modern Britain: Centres, Peripheries and Networks' in Print Culture and Peripheries in Early Modern Europe, edited by Benito Rial Costas (Brill, 2013), pp. 101-126.
  • John Hinks & Matthew Day (eds.), From Compositors to Collectors: Essays in Book-Trade History ('Print Networks' series - British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2012)
  • 'Richard Phillips: Pioneer of Radical Print', The Leicestershire Historian, 47 (2011), pp 22-26
  • 24 entries for The Oxford Companion to the Book, edited by M F Suarez and H R Woudhuysen (OUP, 2010)
  • 'Networks of Print in "Radical Leicester"', The Leicestershire Historian, 46 (2010), pp 21-26
  • John Hinks, Catherine Armstrong & Matthew Day (eds.), Periodicals and Publishers: the Newspaper and Journal Trade 1740-1914. (British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2009)
  • Maureen Bell and John Hinks, 'The English Provincial Book Trade: Evidence from the British Book Trade Index', The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain, vol. V (1695-1830) ed. M Suarez and M Turner (CUP, 2009), pp 335-51
  • John Hinks and Catherine Armstrong (eds.), Book Trade Connections from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Centuries ('Print Networks' series - British Library and Oak Knoll Press, 2008)

Plus book reviews for The English Historical Review, IHR Reviews in History online, The Journal of the Printing Historical Society, The Library, Publishing History and SHARP reviews online.

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