The Gaffer’s desk

The Blackwell family home used to be part of Blackwell’s bookshop and Sir Basil Henry Blackwell (1889-1984) was born ‘above the shop’ at number 50 Broad Street.    It is fitting for someone who was known as one of the best-read people in the country.  Book and publishing history was shaped from the desk in his private office that still displays the name plate ‘Gaffer’. This was a nickname he earned in the trade during his term as president of the Booksellers’ Association (1934-1936).

This office is closed to the public but is sometimes open for events such as the Oxford Open Door weekends:


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