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Aepm annual conference 2017

11-13 May 2017
The Museum of Typography
Chania, Crete (Greece)

Making history:
collections, collectors and the cultural role of printing museums

The next annual conference of the AEPM will look at the various ways in which collections of printing heritage materials become museums:

  • who collects printing heritage materials?
  • how is printing heritage transmitted from one generation to the next?
  • what motivates founders of printing museums?
  • how do collections become museums?
  • how can printing heritage be made available to the public?
  • what forms do independent printing museums take – associations, foundations, privately-owned companies?
  • what challenges do independent collections and printing museums have to face?

The conference also offers an ideal opportunity to discover some aspects of Greek printing heritage with the help of several distinguished invited speakers.

The conference will take place from 11 to 13 May 2017 and is being hosted by the Museum of Typography, an independent printing museum in Chania on the Greek island of Crete. There will also be sessions at the Centre for Mediterranean Archicture (located on the old harbour front of the town of Chania) and the Regional Press Institute (a purpose-built conference centre in the beautiful Crete countryside, a 20 minute coach ride from the town).


Jürgen Bönig, chair of the Zeichen der Welt e.V. (Germany) — Yiannis Garadakis, fonder of the Museum of Typography (Greece) — Patrick Goossens, collector of historica printing equipment and independant scholer (Belgium) — Guy Hautsebaut, in charge of the collections of the Plantin-Moretus Museum (Belgium) — Gerry Leonidas, vice-president of ATypI, associate professor at the Department of typography and graphic communication (UK) — Alan Marshall, AEPM, former director of the Musée de l’imprimerie et de la communication graphique (France) — Klimis Mastoridis, University of Nicosia (Cyprus) — Georgios D. Matthiopoulos, Technological Educational Institute of Athens (Greece) — Sonja Neumann, Deutsches Museum Munich (Germany) — Yannis A. Phillis, Technical University of Crete (Greece) — Anastasios E. Politis, Hellenic Union of Graphic Arts and Media Technology Engineers (Greece) — Niki Sioki, University of Nicosia (Cyprus) — Konstantinos Staikos, architect, book historian and researcher (Greece) — Sue Walker, Department of typography and graphic communication (UK)


See the full programme



The cost of registration is 80 euros for members, 120 euros for non-members and covers the conference fee, receptions, lunches, dinner on the Friday evening, local transport and visits. (Information on who can be a member of the AEPM and how to join can be found here.)

People wishing to accompany participants, but who do not wish to attend the conference sessions, can pay a registration fee of 50 euros to take part in the receptions, Friday evening dinner and visits.

The Typography Museum

Museum of typography, Chania, Crete, Greece

A photo album of the Museum of typography can be found in the AEPM’s Flickr gallery.

Practical information

More information about travelling to Chania, about the town itself and possibilities for accommodation can be found HERE.

Centre of Mediterranean Architecture, also known as the Grand Arsenal.

Centre of Mediterranean Architecture, also known as the Grand Arsenal, on Chania’s old harbour front.

The Regional Press Institute.

The Regional Press Institute.



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