Beatrice Warde Memorial Lecture

Beatrice Warde: her life and work

With Nicolas Barker

10 November 2022
St Bride Foundation and online via Zoom

We are honoured to be joined by Nicolas Barker to celebrate the life and work of Beatrice Warde. Nicolas first met Beatrice in the late 1940s. He describes her as force of nature, and an enthusiast for printing and printers of all sorts. She wrote several works on the subject, especially supporting Stanley Morison. She gave many lectures, and prizes at book-trade functions. She was the best ever sales-person for Monotype, its products and users; and she was known, indeed a by-word, throughout the world of printing and design. According to Nicolas, her book, ‘The Crystal Goblet’ is the best guide to typographic design ever written. Join us for an intimate evening to celebrate the legacy of this indomitable woman.

Nicolas Barker

Nicolas Barker is a Trustee and champion of the St Bride Library. Throughout his illustrious career, he has worked with many notable companies including The National Portrait Gallery, The British Library, Macmillan and Co and Oxford University Press. He has been a trustee and advisor on many library boards including the House of Commons, The National Trust, The London Library, The Royal Horticultural Society and the Laurence Sterne Trust to name but a few. In 2002 he was awarded the Order of the British Empire and in 2011 was made an Honorary Fellow of New College, Oxford. Nicolas is a trusted authority on the life and work of Stanley Morison and has written many publications on this subject as well as printing and related subjects.


St Bride Foundation
14 Bride Lane, Fleet Street,

When, and how to attend in person

In-person time (BST):
Doors/bar: 18:15
Talk starts: 19:00
Talk ends: 20:30
In-person tickets: £8, £10, £12.

There will also be a complimentary drinks reception and nibbles being served before the talk which are included in the ticket price for anyone attending in-person.

Please note: for in-person tickets please ensure you arrive promptly as you will need to be seated before 6:50pm to ensure the live streaming of the online event is not disrupted. Late comers may potentially not be admitted. Please can you take a lateral flow test on the day of the talk to make sure you are Covid-free before attending. These are not mandatory but we ask as a courtesy for the well-being of other attendees.

When, and how to attend online (Zoom)

Online time (BST):
Online tickets: £3, £5

Please note: you will be emailed the Zoom link for the talk at 6pm GMT on the day of the talk.

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We would like to thank Google and The Wynkyn de Worde Society Charitable Trust for their generosity in sponsoring this lecture.