In its 500 years letterpress printing has changed the face of the world, and in just a few places this history is recorded and the heritage celebrated with public exhibitions and displays.
Find out more about the history of letterpress printing
The large Print Gallery at Bradford Industrial Museum hosts an enviable collection of printing press and typecasting machines from across the centuries, set around a Victorian printing office.
All the machines have been carefully restored to full working order by a team of dedicated volunteers who are on hand to demonstrate and explain the craft each Wednesday.
In the rest of the Museum working displays of textile machinery, steam power, engineering, and motor vehicles, are on display along with temporary exhibitions and art and craft displays. The Museum itself is housed in a stunning old mill.
The Beck Isle Museum offers an immersive experience displaying their collection in themed rooms that recreate the local lives and customs of Pickering and Ryedale over the last 200 years.
The print room houses 160-year-old letterpress printing equipment, with a Columbian Printing Press, once used by a local printer and still in use at the Museum, taking centre stage.
On Rural Crafts and Living History Days the print room transforms into the Pickering Print Works, with live demonstrations of letterpress printing. Regular talks are also held.
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Open February to November
Moorside Mills, Moorside Road
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Closed Mondays & Christmas
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