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The Black Arts: the story of our local printing industry


The History of Reading Society are continuing their in person meetings at the Abbey Baptist Church, Abbey Square, Reading RG1 3BE, at 7.30pm on Weds 15th May. Paul Joyce will be giving a talk entitled 'The Black Arts in Reading: the story of our local printing industry'.

Following the lifting of restrictions and severe taxation, Reading set up its first venture in 1723. Growth of print works continued in the town right in to the 1960s. Paul has researched this trade using original evidence.

This meeting is open to members and visitors (visitors £2 each). No need to book, just turn up on the night.
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