Thanks to the remarkable support of people in Birmingham, elsewhere in Britain and overseas, Matthew Boulton’s Baskerville family bible, due to be auctioned by the Birmingham Assay Office on 26th March 2020, will now permanently remain in Birmingham. A consortium consisting of the Baskerville Society, Centre for Printing History & Culture (Birmingham City University and the University of Birmingham), the Cadbury Research Library, Birmingham Museums Trust, Birmingham Civic Society and the Lunar Society secured the bible.
Caroline Archer of the Baskerville Society, who led the consortium, said, “The significance of the bible ripples across generations and shows how the people of Birmingham, from all walks of life, can come together for a common and good purpose.”
Matthew Boulton’s Baskerville family bible will be housed in Birmingham at the Cadbury Research Library at the University of Birmingham, which has the appropriate resources to care for it, alongside the University’s many other Baskerville holdings. The consortium will commemorate and celebrate the acquisition of the bible through a series of events to ensure that the bible provides public enjoyment, education and research opportunities for people in Birmingham and further afield.