Press Room

Throughout March 2019, participants of Press Room, a project by Ciara Phillips, made a day-by-day record of press coverage leading up to 29th March 2019, the date set for Britain to exit Europe.

A dedicated room in the library became a creative space for daily observations, cutting, pasting, scanning and copying a wide range of news material. Ciara was joined throughout the month by artists Fauziya Johnson, Amber Akaunu and Mark Simmonds, who contributed other perspectives and approaches to the process. A hardbound book documenting the month of news ‘as-it-happened’ by the people and communities involved will be printed as a record for Crosby Library.

Press Room took inspiration from the quote:

“[…] Friend, you stand on sacred ground
This is a Printing Office”,
an extract from a text by Beatrice Warde (1932).

See the archive at