Melbourne Museum of Printing

Australia's working and teaching museum of typography and printing. Come and see how it was done. Letterpress as a form of artistic printmaking. Gallery of handmade prints.

Printmaking Jump Page

Printmakers' Access Studio
Printmakers (or other interested persons) are welcome to use our ACCESS STUDIO, where the full range of typesetting systems are available for traditional printing, as well as a range of printing presses.

Books, posters, broadsheets, or miniatures may be printed in any quantity.

Many printmakers have brought linocut blocks with them, mounted them and printed them along with text.

Others have printed their lithographs or etching elsewhere and brought the sheets to our studio for overprinting of text.

Training is provided for the task in hand.

Come and see some books and bookpages printed here.

Roots of Printing Workshop
This full-day Professional Workshop is primarily for those who are working with typography but have never seen or handled the real thing. Roots of Printing shows them the origins of their craft and its many arcane terms.

Among those involved with DTP systems (and even Word Processing), many become quite enthusiastic about typefaces and design. They come away with a better understanding of what's going on inside their computer.

Roots of Printing gives a close-up on various hand and machine typesetting processes used over the years, typefounding, page layout and lockup, and the printing press. Practical work includes hand and machine typesetting and printing a souvenir page.

Certificate in Typographic Perspective
Another choice in our Educational programs.

This is a two-week full-time exposure to traditional printing technology. A total of 70 contact hours including verbal presentations, demonstrations, and plenty of practical typesetting and printing. The work is assessed for grant of the Certificate.

The maximum class size is THREE, ensuring many hours of close attention.

Books as Artefacts
Our Library of Books as Artefacts holds thousands of books selected by their donors for their manner or circumstances of printing rather than their contents.

You can see books typeset and printed by various processes, designed with varying styles (e.g. running heads, chapter commencements, margins, typeface), printed or published by various firms, and in varying states of preservation (or otherwise).

Access to the Library is by arrangement.

Glossary of Printing and Typography
Hundreds of terms defined in our Glossary.
Private Press Links
Being developed on our Links Page.
Would you like toVOLUNTEER to look after any part of our collection? Help look after visiting artist? Or assist us to present our message?

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