I get emails on a regular basis from people looking to get hands-on tuition in letterpress techniques. As far as I know this remains a very limited field. Course providers are listed below, many are professional letterpress printers as well. None of the people below have paid to be listed. If you’d like to add to this list, please contact me.
There’s a taster below from Plymouth University
In the North of Britain
Hot Bed Press, Salford
Hot Bed Press has expanded it’s letterpress facility. We now run rudimentary and advanced typesetting courses in our dedicated letterpress area. Taught by Graham Moss of Incline Press the courses are very popular and we expect to run them throughout the year. Each course is limited to 6 people. Anyone wishing to take the experience further into practice can access the facilities for just £2.00 per hour.
See our website for more details: www.hotbedpress.org.
Incline Press, Oldham
Graham Moss and Kathy Whalen at the Incline Press in Oldham, Lancashire, offers personalised one-to-one tuition. Call 0161 627 1966 to speak to Graham or Kathy.
The Grange, Ellesmere
Offer letterpress courses, and a Book Arts day — open to all. Call 01691 623495
The Print Project, Shipley
We offer personalized one-to-one and group letterpress courses at our well equipped workshop in Shipley, West Yorkshire. You will have access to a wide range of wood & metal type and a variety of printing presses (Farley, Korrex, Vandercook, Model, Adana) to enable you to complete your projects.
Please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
West Yorkshire Print Workshop, Mirfield
Learn to print letterpress! This course will show you the basics of setting and printing wood and lead type, to create posters, books and stationery. After the course you then have the option of becoming a member of WYPW and continuing to use our letterpress facilities on an open-access basis, with technical support on-hand if you need it.
West Yorkshire Print Workshop, 75A Huddersfield Road, Mirfield, WF14 8AT.
In the South of Britain
Balscote Press, Banbury, Oxfordshire
Brian Clarke runs Fine art and Letterpress courses for a maximum of 3 people usually over two days on the weekend, and also weekend courses. He offers courses in letterpress, both traditional type setting and printing from zinc blocks with an introduction to making your own photopolymer blocks for printing. He uses his small Albion and Arab Platen press to print.
Course details are the Balscote Press website.
Brignell Bookbinders, Cambridge
Barry Brignell runs bookbinding tuition in Cambridge, visit their website for more information.
Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England, Bristol
The CFPR offer a number of courses in Bristol.
In Peckham Road, Camberwell, the University of the Arts: London offers letterpress courses, with new dates for the coming year.
Harrington & Squires, London
Vicky and Chrissie are running one-day workshops with the Adana 8 x 5 at their 288 pica wide workshop near Tufnell Park, London. Visit Harrington & Squires for more information.
Visit InkSpotPress.co.uk or call 01273 643069 for information on the upcoming letterpress courses.
London Centre for Book Arts
London Centre for Book Arts (LCBA) is the UK’s only open-access book arts resource and educational centre, located in Fish Island, near Hackney Wick in east London.
All current workshops are listed at: londonbookarts.eventbrite.co.
On a personal note I have nothing but admiration for Simon’s efforts on this initiative and hope to offer a better write-up of their offering soon.
Details on their courses here: http://www.londonprintstudio.org.uk/
New North Press, London
The Paper Trail, Hemel Hempstead
Letterpress printing at this wonderful paper mill with Paul Woolley and a journeyman compositor. More details on the Paper Trail website.
Pixel Press, Stoke Newington, London
Small yet well equipped letterpress studio in North London. We run workshops sharing our expertise and love for printmaking with anyone willing to try it at affordable rates. We like to think about our studio as a space to think, a space for poetry and words.
Unit 24, Shelford Place, Stoke Newington, London N16 9HS Tel: 0794373 5179
Further information on the courses can be found here: http://pixelprss.wordpress.
Richard Lawrence, Oxford
I offer one-to-one tuition at my workshop on various machines: Heidelberg platen, Albion handpress, Vandercook repro proof press, small table-top platens, etc. I also can take machinery and type to groups on my pink milkfloat (Google ‘pink milkfloat’) for team-building events, demonstrations and fun.
I also occasionally move presses and equipment for people.
St. Martin’s, London
Helen Ingham is running short letterpress courses
St. Boltoph’s: Print Room at the Waiting Room, Colchester
Community project based around the Acme-equipped letterpress workshop in Colchester. http://st-botolphs.org/printroom/about/letterpress/
St. Bride, London
St Bride has launched a new workshop with a range of short courses that teach basic skills and give familiarity with some of the terminology, equipment and activities essential to letterpress work.
Full details of the workshop are at http://www.sbf.org.uk/
Short letterpress courses in the centre of London, more details at http://www.turnbullgrey.co.uk/ Courses start at £60 per person for three hours
Richard Norman’s Eden Workshops cover bookbinding and printing.