Mind your Ps and Qs

If you’ve ever fancied trying your hand at printing that doesn’t involve ink jets or lasers, you can now learn a few of the techniques of printers from days of yore. Victorian Printers Experience Days will be held at Blists Hill Victorian Town near Ironbridge on Saturdays 12 May and 17 November. The days are a fascinating introduction into this historic trade and are open to adults with or without experience.

You’ll produce an authentic-looking poster using your own design, trying your hand at typesetting before printing your poster on one of the historic presses from the museum’s collection such as the Atlas Press or the mighty Columbian Press. The printing industry has given us expressions such as ‘coin a phrase’ ‘mind your Ps and Qs’ and ‘put to bed’ and you can find out their derivation throughout the day. All materials are provided, and participants will also enjoy lunch in the Town’s Club Room.

The Victorian Printing Experience Days begin at 10am and finish by 3.30pm. Places at £50 per person must be pre-booked by calling 01952 435900.



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