"This is a Working Museum of Typography and Printing"
GIVING NEW GENERATIONS OF PRINTERS AND DESIGNERS
THEIR HISTORICAL CONTEXT.
AND NEW GENERATIONS OF CITIZENS A VIEW OF THE CRAFT AND INDUSTRY OF PRINTING.
MELBOURNE MUSEUM OF PRINTING IS APPROVED BY THE A.T.O.
AS AN "INCOME TAX EXEMPT CHARITY" AND IS EXPECTED TO BE ENDORSED BY THE A.T.O.
AS A "DEDUCTIBLE GIFT RECIPIENT".
- to the general public and tourists an otherwise unattainable view of the
present-day printing industry and the place in history of
typesetting and printing, in Asia and in Europe;
- to historians a valuable insight into the practices, and working
lives, of traditional printers;
- to researchers the chance to trawl a vast archive of the work of
the every-day printer, often revealing information about businesses served;
- to primary students a recognition that there is a printing industry
and what it produces and a glimpse of its history;
- to most secondary students especially of history and English an
understanding of what printing has meant to the world of learning, its timeframe
and how it was achieved;
- to secondary students of graphic subjects a detailed look at the
methods of planning, typesetting and printing that preceded today's systems and
some hands-on contact;
- to printmaking artists a venue where they can produce letterpress
art or hand-printed text to accompany their lithographs and etchings;
- to film makers and show presenters access to a highly praised collection
of "props" such as machines, cabinetry and artefacts and a filming location
with many fascinating nooks, crannies and aspects. Most networks have shot scenes
at MMOP, and several stage shows have used MMOP props.
- to social clubs an enjoyable two-hour outing, learning about the
history of printing and bringing back memories for many;
- to the local community a venue for artistic
endeavour and volunteering, possibly sponsored by local government;
- to the conservational professions such as librarians, archivists and
museologists an opportunity for internship or volunteering, gaining first-hand
understanding of the production of printed items especially those produced
by hand craftsmanship and working with a complex archive;
- to today's designers a chance to learn and practice the ancient crafts,
leading to a better understanding of the design process and what their software is
doing, and affording the opportunity to serve their clients with a
- to students and academics of engineering a unique opportunity to
study and work on still-functioning complex mechanical systems of the 19th
and 20th centuries;
- to museums, universities, letterpress enthusiasts and practitioners
an ongoing supply of materials needed for letterpress, especially hot-metal
typesetting and fonts of hand-set type;
- to other printing museums a point of reference for assistance
with programs and training of volunteers and
- to local history museums with printing items a source of information
about their items and their significance.