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.
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Age 18 and over. All materials are provided. No previous experience necessary.
The course dates are: 10 October, 17 October, 31 October, 7 November, 14 November and 21 November 2023.
Printing workshop, Schola Musicae, Bodleian Old Library, Broad Street, Oxford, OX1 3BG
The class will meet in the printing workshop, Schola Musicae, Bodleian Old Library. Please report to the Bodleian Library Great Gate, accessed from Catte Street, upon arrival.
The Schola Musicae is wheelchair accessible.
When you have booked your place, the ticketing system will send you an automated confirmation.
Standard ticket: £220
Concession ticket (Oxford University students and staff, Oxford Brookes University students and staff, Friends of the Bodleian members, and Bodleian Libraries staff): £200