Category Archives: Printing Presses

Banging Out – Fleet Street Remembered.

A documentary film, by, based on oral history interviews with former printers and journalists. “There used to be a tradition in Fleet Street newspapers called “banging out”. It involved an employee, on the day he retired after a life-time’s stalwart service to his chosen rag, being walked by his colleagues through the presses in […]

Upside Down, Left To Right: A letterpress film

A short film by  Danny Cooke about letterpress and one of the few remaining movable-type printing workshops in the UK, situated at Plymouth University, featuring Paul Collier.

The highly ornamented Columbian Press

The Columbian is by far the most lavishly decorated of all iron handpresses, although it must be noted that many of the embellishments function perfectly well as the working parts of the Press. The English writer T. C. Hansard once commented (shortly after the first Columbian Presses appeared in London) that: “If the merits of […]

1888 Wharfedale Press – Project Update

During the past weekend, tentative attempts were made to bring the largest printing press in our collection back into production for book and poster work. Our Wharfedale cylinder press was manufactured in 1888 by W. Dawson & Sons in Otley, West Yorkshire, and whilst it is one of the smaller machines of its type, it […]