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Aepm annual conference 2017

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

Full programme

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).

Summary of the programme

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Yiannis Garadakis, founder of the Museum of Typography (Greece)

Yannis A. Phillis, Technical University of Crete (Greece)
Printing museums: records of civilization

Alan Marshall, AEPM, former director of the Musée de l’imprimerie et de la communication graphique (France)
How print became heritage: 150 years of printing museums

Konstantinos Staikos, architect, book historian and researcher (Greece)
Practising Greek Typography (15th – 18th century)

Georgios D. Matthiopoulos, Technological Educational Institute of Athens (Greece)
The Grecs du roi meet early Cretan literature in a Street Art performance throughout Crete: a school project

Gerry Leonidas, vice-president of ATypI, associate professor at the Department of typography and graphic communication (UK)
Research-based design: integrating archives in a practice-based discipline

Guy Hautsebaut, in charge of the collections of the Plantin-Moretus Museum (Belgium)
Museum Plantin-Moretus: storytelling for a new audience with respect for a fragile collection

Jürgen Bönig, chair of the Zeichen der Welt e.V. (Germany)
From collection to museum: J. J. Augustin Glückstadt, Hamburg, New York

Patrick Goossens, collector of historica printing equipment and independant scholar (Belgium)
Collecting and the true craft of historic printing technology

Klimis Mastoridis, University of Nicosia (Cyprus)
Making (printing) history in Cyprus: a museum waiting to be made?

Niki Sioki, University of Nicosia (Cyprus)
Outside the printing museum: printed ephemera in Cyprus local museum collections

Sonja Neumann, Deutsches Museum Munich (Germany)
Printing heritage and the information age: collecting, preserving and exhibiting as a future challenge for printing museums

Sue Walker, Department of typography and graphic communication (UK)
Using the archive: material aspects of text

Anastasios E. Politis, Hellenic Union of Graphic Arts and Media Technology Engineers (Greece)
Typography revisited: the importance of typography in modern visual communication

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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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