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Plus+ Touring the city with the Walking Tours

Visit the 2008 Plus International Design Festival and join one of our walking tours exploring the typographic complexity of Birmingham’s urban environment – they are a great way to see this familiar city from a new perspective. Tours run throughout the Festival and are aimed at both practitioners and students of design, local historians and visitors. The walks look at a variety of typographic forms that can be found in the street and are conducted by an experienced and informative guide with both local knowledge and typographic understanding.

Our guide is Ben Waddington, a Birmingham-based historian with an especial interest in architecture, industrial history and typography. His guided tours for this year’s Plus festival will include the evergreen John Baskerville tour, which follows the story of the innovative C18th Birmingham printer. He will also conduct a Type Tour of the City Centre and beyond, which will explore the use of lettering on buildings, public art, mosaics, signs, plaques and ephemeral vestiges of the past.

Digbeth Type Tour: Exploring use of typography and handwritten letterforms in industrial Digbeth side streets. The area's history revealed through its use of type.
Baskerville's Birmingham: the history of Birmingham's most famous typographer, John Baskerville (1706 - 1775). Artifacts, locations and type specimens associated with Baskerville will be visited, around Birmingham City Centre.
Blue Plaques tour: The history of Birmingham and of the Blue Plaque itself: changing and improving designs, layouts, type use &c. The tour also covers plaques other than Blue; many forms of wall mounted commemorative texts around the City Centre.
City Type Tour: Birmingham history as shown through its typography. Civil, monumental and commercial use of typeforms will be explored in Birmingham City Centre.
For Walking Tours bookings please email Magda at

5/11/2008 WEDNESDAY
12:00 - 13:30 1. Digbeth Type Tour
Meeting Point: Festival Reception

6/11/2008 THURSDAY
12:00 - 13:30 2. Digbeth Type Tour
Meeting Point: Festival Reception
14:30 - 16:00 3. Baskerville's Type Tour
Meeting Point: Baskerville House, Broad Street, B1

7/11/2008 FRIDAY
12:00 - 13:30 4. Digbeth Type Tour
Meeting Point: Festival Reception
14:30 - 16:00 5. Blue Plaques Tour
Meeting Point: Baskerville House, Broad Street, B1

8/11/2008 SATURDAY
12:00 - 13:30 6. City Type Tour
Meeting Point: Baskerville House, Broad Street, B1
One-day ticket £15.00 (£10.00 concessions) Full-Festival ticket £40.00 (£25.00 concessions) Discounts available on groups of 10 or more.
For more information visit
Bookings for the Festival are now open and can be made online.

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