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Workshop 1: The State of Historical Letterpress

  • Winterbourne House and Garden Birmingham United Kingdom (map)

Letterpress Printing: Past, Present, and Future is an AHRC-funded Research Network that brings together scholars, printers, and museum professionals (among others), to explore the significance of letterpress printing today. Led by Jim Mussell, of the Centre for the Comparative History of Print at the University of Leeds, and Caroline Archer, of the Centre for Printing History and Culture the network will run a series of events over the coming eighteen months. More information about the project is available here.

This first Workshop will bring together those with historic presses and type for a discussion about how they are currently used. It seeks to explore how the rich history of printing is related to the survival of historic equipment, to help network members share experiences and best practices, and to develop new approaches to such facilities. 

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Colin Clarkson A secret less well kept: the Historical Printing Room, Cambridge University Library (University Library, Cambridge);
  • Jo-Ann Curtis Birmingham Manufacturers Project (Birmingham Museums Trust);
  • Patrick Goossens Collecting print related artifacts to preserve the true craft of printing (Association of European Printing Museums / Project Letter-kunde, Antwerp);
  • Georgina Grant Letterpress is alive and well; printing across the Gorge (Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust); 
  • Lee Hale Letterpress production and participation in a heritage setting (Winterbourne House & Garden, Birmingham);
  • Alexandra Frankin Letterpress and public engagement with research (Centre for the Study of the Book, Bodleian Library, Oxford);
  • Rachel Mays 150 Years of Robert Smail’s Printing Works (National Trust Scotland, Robert Smails Museum);
  • Nick Lauring A-Z & beyond... (The Print Project, Shipley);
  • Carla Marrinan Twenty-one years of the National Print Museum (National Print Museum, Dublin).