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Tue 14 May 2019
16:00 - 16:30

Venue: Cambridge University Library, Historical Printing Room

Provided by: Cambridge University Libraries


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Take a Break: Press the Stress - Historical Printing

Tue 14 May 2019


Come to the Library’s Historical Printing Room. Set your name in type and hand-print an illustrated keepsake as a memento of your visit.

On top of the millions of books held at the University Library, we also have a considerable collection of printing artefacts. This began with a decision in the early 1970s to set up a bibliographical teaching press on the lines of those already existing at the Bodleian, University College London and elsewhere. The impetus for this plan came from the late Philip Gaskell, then Librarian of Trinity College. The main aim was to enable students of literature to understand the practical details of hand composition of type and of printing on a hand-press, and thus to appreciate the ways in which both conscious decisions and accidents in the printing house could affect the accuracy of a text.

Target audience

Students who need encouragement to take a break during Easter Term!


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Tue 14 May 2019   16:00 - 16:30 16:00 - 16:30 Cambridge University Library, Historical Printing Room map Colin T Clarkson

· Pre-booking is essential

· 18s and over only

· This event may not be suitable for those uncomfortable in confined spaces.

· Bags and large coats must be left in our Locker Room off the Entrance Hall before the tour commences

· Unfortunately, the Historical Reading Room is a confined space and unsuitable for wheelchairs.

· No food or drink may be consumed at any point during the event.

· The Library reserves the right to cancel events at any time and without notice.

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