The Art of Letterpress

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The Art of Letterpress - weekend workshop

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  Saturday 29-Sunday 30 January 2022


 Schola Musicae, Old Bodleian Library

 £180 (concessions £160), places limited

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Discover the craft of letterpress printing

In this weekend workshop, you will be introduced to the basics of setting type by hand and will collaborate on making a printed work together, including trying out more advanced techniques such as two-colour printing.

Based in the Bodleian's letterpress workshop, you will learn the art of hand composition with wood and metal type. The workshop includes an orientation to a range of hand-operated presses in the workshop, including Albion and Columbian platen presses, a 'Western' (Vandercook-style) proofing press, and a star-wheel etching press. 

Course tutor Richard Lawrence is a letterpress printer with over 30 years' experience who also teaches the history of printing and supervises the historical presses in the Bodleian's Bibliographical Press.

Learn more about printing and book arts activities at the Bodleian Libraries Bibliographical Press 

Age 18 and over. All materials are provided. No previous experience necessary.


Schola Musicae, Old Bodleian Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG

The class will meet in the printing workshop, Schola Musicae, Bodleian Library. The room is accessible via a ground-floor entrance. Please report to the Bodleian Library Great Gate, accessed from Catte Street, upon arrival.

Additional space for classes, in case of the need for greater social distancing, will be made available at the Wytham Woods printing studio, by prior notice.

 Wheelchair access

The Schola Musicae is wheelchair accessible.


£180 (concession tickets available for students, Friends of the Bodleian members, and Bodleian Libraries staff £160)

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Richard Lawrence

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