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PRINTING HISTORY
 
"The History of Printing is the history of everything"

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OUR WEST FOOTSCRAY BUILDING
Floor Space 3100 sq.metres


 
HISTORY of  PRINTING 
PUBLISHING 
ADVERTISING, SIGNAGE 
JOB PRINTING / PACKAGING 
DESIGN, TYPESETTING, LAYOUT 
PAPER INDUSTRY 
WORKPLACE ENVIRONMENT 
RESEARCH PROGRAMS 
SUPPORT FOR OTHER MUSEUMS 
ARCHIVES and SOCIAL HISTORY
SECRETS OF THE CRAFT: ORAL HISTORIES
INTRICATE MECHANICAL SYSTEMS
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS

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SUBJECTS 
AND 
THEMES 

LETTERPRESS PRINTING
MOVABLE TYPES
HOT-METAL TYPESETTING
PROOF READING
PAPERMAKING
ENGRAVING BY HAND
PHOTOENGRAVING
ASIAN PRINTING HISTORY
STEREOTYPE PROCESS
ADVERTISING USING STEREOS
ROTARY PRESS STEREOTYPES
PAGE MAKEUP
EARLY PRESS-WORK
MODERN LETTERPRESS
BOOK BINDING & FINISHING
RUBBER-STAMP MAKING
SCREEN PRINTING
BOOKS AS ARTEFACTS

LITHOGRAPHIC PRINTING
COLOUR SEPARATION
PHOTOLITHOGRAPHY
STRIKE-ON TYPESETTING
PHOTOTYPESETTING
COMPUTER TYPESETTING
PASTE-UP LAYOUTS
COMPUTERISED MAKE-UP
PROCESS CAMERA WORK
OFFSET PLATEMAKING
OFFSET PRESS-WORK
COMPUTER-TO-PLATE
SIGNAGE, WIDE FORMAT
FLEXOGRAPHIC PRINTING
AUTOMATIC NUMBERING
LABEL PRINTING
CUTTING, CREASING
ARCHIVES, ARTEFACTS


 
PROGRAMS 
CURRENT 
AND 
INTENDED 

GENERAL ADMISSION, TOURS
DESIGN STUDENTS 2 OR 5 HR
DESIGN PROFESSIONALS P.D.
  [8 HR / 2 WEEKS / SEMESTER]
GRADE 6 SCHOOL PROGRAM
EARLY PRINTING METHODS

PRINT IN MMOP STUDIO
BOOKBINDING CRAFT
METAL TYPEFOUNDING
INDUSTRY EVENTS
SERVE OTHER MUSEUMS
COMMUNITY OUTREACH


 
INTENDED 
AUDIENCES 

GRAPHIC DESIGNERS
DESIGN STUDENTS
JOURNALISM, PUBLISHING
WRITING AND EDITING
GENERAL PUBLIC
INBOUND TOUR INDUSTRY
INDEPENDENT TOURISTS

ENGINEERING HISTORY
HISTORY OF DESIGN
BOOKBINDERS, LIBRARIANS
PRINTMAKING ARTISTS
ARTISTS' BOOK GROUPS
LETTERPRESS ENTHUSIASTS
OTHER MUSEUM PEOPLE

 
"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".

The Melbourne Museum of Printing has the potential to be a world leader in its field. The collection policies that have been followed over the years, and the various programs on offer or intended, certainly make it unique.

Given adequate resources, MMOP will offer and provide:

  • 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 letterpress solution;
  • 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.

MOST OF THESE SERVICES ARE ALREADY OPERATIONAL AT SOME LEVEL


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