Melbourne Museum of Printing

Australia's working and teaching museum of typography and printing. Come and see how it was done. Come and print your book with traditional typesetting. Become a Private Press publisher without your own types and press!

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Writers' and Poets' Access
Writers and poets (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, may be printed in any quantity.

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.

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

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