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St Bride Foundation welcomes new librarian

St Bride Foundation has announced the appointment of new librarian, Sophie Hawkey-Edwards.

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Sophie Hawkey-Edwards joins the St Bride Foundation

The Printing Library at St Bride Foundation in London houses one of the largest collections of books on printing and publishing in the world, whilst the museum has a range of early printing presses and type and has been run solely by a small team of volunteers.

Thanks to new secured funding, the foundation is now able to employ Hawkey-Edwards in a full-time role where she will work to reinvigorate and lead the process of improving access to this unique collection.

Commenting on her new role, Hawkey-Edwards says: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining St Bride Foundation and look forward to working with the library and wider team during this exciting time of development to ensure this unique, world renowned resource remains as relevant for future generations as it has been during its illustrious past.”

I am absolutely delighted to be joining St Bride Foundation and look forward to working with the library

Hawkey-Edwards joins the foundation from Conway Hall where she was a senior manager, overseeing development of a strategy to make creative learning an integral part of the organisation, as well as reviewing and rationalising the library’s unique collection.

Drawing from her degrees in history of art and librarianship, Hawkey-Edwards has worked extensively within the library sector, managing young people’s library services for West Dunbartonshire Council, before becoming head of creative learning for the service.

Along with 60,000 catalogued books and pamphlets, the library also contains over 10,000 individual type specimens, wood engravings and original drawings by Eric Gill and Margaret Calvert.

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