Letterpress six-week course

Two people look at a print in front of an old printing press


Letterpress six-week course

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  Tuesdays, 16 May – 20 June 2023

  5.30pm – 8pm

 Schola Musicae, Bodleian Old Library

 £200 (concessions £180), places limited

This course is now fully booked.


Discover the craft of letterpress printing

In this course, instructor Richard Lawrence will introduce you to the basics of setting type by hand, and you will pursue a project of your own while learning more advanced techniques such as two-colour printing.

Based in the Bodleian’s letterpress workshop within the Schola Musicae, Bodleian Old Library, 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 the 'Duerer Press', a replica of a wooden 15th-century press, Albion and Columbian platen presses, a ‘Western’ (Vandercook-style) proofing press, and a star-wheel etching 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.

The course dates are:  16 May, 23 May, 30 May, 6 June, 13 June and  20 June 2023.  


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

The room is accessible via a ground-floor entrance. Please gather at the Bodleian Old Library, Old Schools Quadrangle, Schola Musicae door.

 Wheelchair access

The Schola Musicae is wheelchair accessible.

  Booking information

When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.

Standard ticket: £200
Concession ticket (Oxford University students and staff, Oxford Brookes University students and staff, Friends of the Bodleian members, and Bodleian Libraries staff): £180

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