Photograph of a Letterpress forme being locked up

RESOURCES

DOCUMENTARY FILMS

Pressing On – the letterpress film:
The Letterpress Film explores the question: why has letterpress survived in a digital age?

The Machines That Made Us – with Stephen Fry:
The film follows the life of Gutenberg and the many steps it took for him to produce the famous Gutenberg Bibles

Typeface:
A profile of the Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI. located in the factory of the former Hamilton Manufacturing Company

Print The Legend:
This award-winning, original documentary chronicles the race for market leadership in 3D printing

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WEBSITES

Briar Press:
A community of thousands of printers and artists dedicated to the preservation of letterpress

British Letterpress:
Hands-on guides to letterpress printing; information about printing presses and letterpress type; articles about some of the more obscure areas of printing; and the hub of the letterpress community in the UK

Letterpress Alive in the UK:
The purpose of this site is to provide some information about letterpress activity in the UK

Letterpresser:
The website of Richard Small and his
documentation of his  adventures in print

OTHER PRINTING MUSEUMS AND RELATED COLLECTIONS

Amberley Museum, Sussex:
Discover the South of England’s working past to life

Beamish Museum, County Durham: World famous open air museum which brings the history of North East England to life

Bradford Industrial Museum:
Permanent displays of industrial machinery, inc. printing, and an exciting exhibitions programme

Cambridge Museum of Technology: Victorian Pumping Station and a display of local industrial heritage including a letterpress printshop

Cherryburn in Stocksfield:
The birthplace of Thomas Bewick (1753 – 1828), the father of modern wood-engraving in the care of the National Trust

Milton Keynes Museum:
Explore the history of Milton Keynes from pre-1970s to post-1970s, at a interactive and hands-on museum

St Bride Foundation, London:
St Bride Foundation is one of London’s hidden gems. Host regular programme of design events and workshops

William Morris Gallery, London:
William Morris’ family home from 1848 to 1856. Now serves as the only public gallery devoted to William Morris

National Print Museum, Dublin, Ireland:
Promotes a greater understanding of the historical significance and contemporary relevance of printing

Robert Smail’s Printing Workshop, Innerleithen, Scotland:
Oldest working commercial letterpress printers in the UK – a living museum of Victorian history in the care of the Scotish National Trust

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The Printing Historical Society:
Fosters the study of printing history and the preservation of printing history 

Pressing Matters magazine:
Released quarterly in January, April, July and October. Features artists who share about their creative processes and passion for print