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Go back in time and experience the bookshops, libraries and newspapers of seventeenth-century York. From the old bookshop signs on Stonegate, to the site of the York’s first newspaper press on Petergate, York was a thriving centre for print in this period and the city is littered with signs of its print past.
Come along to hear how the tremendous political events of the 17th century, such as the Civil War, affected the city’s print trade, how censored prints and their vendors were suppressed and persecuted by the London authorities, and how local rivalries developed between printers and booksellers. Everybody is welcome on this fascinating walking tour of York’s print and book history.
Philippa Hellawell is an Associate Lecturer in the Department of History at the University of York.