Posted January 13, 2021 // AEPM webmaster

Does anyone know about large-format Stanhopes?

The Museum of Writing and Printing in Grębocin, Poland collects old printing presses as part of its activities. It recently acquired a unique Stanhope, a very rare specimen, by its size – A0 format. In order to document their new acquisition they would be very interested to get in touch with anyone who knows about

Posted December 18, 2020 // AEPM webmaster

Latest on the Gutenberg Museum’s new building plans

The future can wait no longer In 2020, the planning of the new Gutenberg Museum progressed with great strides. After a total of 15 meetings, involving a lot of preparation work, the ‘Working Group for the Modernisation of the Gutenberg Museum’ composed of representatives of all the interest groups involved voted unanimously for the new

Posted December 17, 2020 // AEPM webmaster

30 years of Druckladen – a reason to celebrate

Digital anniversary celebration Mainz. The Druckladen, the educational department of the Gutenberg Museum, is celebrating its 30th birthday this year. Due to the pandemic, this anniversary will be celebrated digitally. Who doesn’t know the Druckladen, the Gutenberg Museum’s educational hands-on workshop? Here, printing under expert guidance becomes an exciting experience for young and old, amateurs

Posted December 15, 2020 // AEPM webmaster

Of printing, books, banknotes and toilet paper

The origins of over 250 printing and related museums The AEPM’s ongoing timeline of printing museums now lists the foundation dates of over 250 museums and related organisations in the field of graphic heritage. It is intended as a research tool for anyone interested in how the institutions of printing heritage have developed since the

Posted December 3, 2020 // AEPM webmaster

Discover the Museum of Letters (Buchstabenmuseum) in Berlin

New on the AEPM’s interactive Museum finder map of printing and related museums in Europe and worldwide. The Buchstabenmuseum—everyday life writ large! Graphic heritage comes in all shapes and sizes. Rather like letters. And if you like your letters large and flashy (sometimes literally) the Buchstabenmuseum in Berlin is for you, for it’s a museum

Posted November 25, 2020 // AEPM webmaster

So, what do you know about Czech typography?

Jaroslav Benda 1882–1970: typographic designs and letterforms So much twentieth century printing history remains to be written. So it is always encouraging to hear of initiatives to fill in the innumerable blanks—especially when they concern the graphic heritage of countries which, to put it politely, are not over-represented in mainstream European histories of printing and

Posted November 23, 2020 // AEPM webmaster

Museum of Typography (Chania) in Council of Europe cultural route

Recent publication about European Industrial Heritage Routes (ERIH) The Greek Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe has issued a brochure presenting the various Council of Europe cultural routes involving Greece. One of these routes, the European Industrial Heritage Route (ERIH) crosses Crete and is represented by the Giannis and Eleni

Posted November 21, 2020 // AEPM webmaster

Petition to save the paper collection of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek

[The Hague, Netherlands] Save the paper collection of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek Petition launched by Daniel Bellingradt and addressed to the Executive Board and Governing Board of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek. In early 2020, the management of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Den Haag) made the decision that its famous paper historical collection will no longer be a ‘core

10 November 2020 // AEPM webmaster

AEPM member TYPA wins the ILUCIDARE special prize for heritage-led innovation

TYPA is joint winner of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes 2020   The winners of the ILUCIDARE Special Prizes 2020 have just been announced during a virtual gathering that connected culture and heritage professionals, policy makers, (young) entrepreneurs, enthusiasts, volunteers and supporters from across Europe and beyond. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education

Posted November 5, 2020 // AEPM webmaster

The St Bride Printing Library — 125 years young!

St Bride Printing Library Crowdfunding Campaign The St Bride Library—a unique printing heritage resource—is celebrating its 125th anniversary on 20 November 2020. To coincide with this, it is running a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the Library and fund a year of special events and library projects. Any donations received will go towards funding

Posted November 4, 2020 // AEPM webmaster

A virtual visite to the AMI – on paper!

Just out! The catalogue of the Atelier-musée de l’imprimerie de Malesherbes Catalogue? Album? Celebration? It’s hard to decide what to call this superb publication because it’s all three at the same time. It’s a celebration because it has been published to coincide with the anniversary of the impressive printing museum created by Chantal and Jean-Paul

7 December 2020 // Joost Depuydt

The woodblock webinar

Get inspired by the 14,000 woodblocks of the Officina Plantiniana 7 December 2020 In this webinar we will present the process and results of the woodblock project at the Plantin-Moretus Museum (2019-2020). Invited speakers will also give insight into specific research topics dealing with woodblocks. The webinar intends to stimulate interest and research in woodblock

09 October 2020 - 10 January 2021 // AEPM webmaster

A century of wonder. Knowledge in the 16th century

[Exhibition: Museum Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium] 09 October 2020 – 10 January 2021 A new world In 2020, it will be 500 years since Christophe Plantin’s birth. That other famous Christophe(r), known by Columbus, had just discovered the ‘New World’ only thirty years earlier. That world may have been new to the explorers, but it was

10 October 2020 - 06 March 2021 // AEPM webmaster

The Huis van het boek new exhibition

An exhibition ‘Full of stories’ Huis van het boek (House of the book) Prinsessegracht 30 The Hague, The Netherlands 10 October 2020 – 06 March 2021 For the new autumn exhibition Full of Stories the Huis van het boek is showing many masterpieces from its collections. This time the Museum is looking at its exceptional

Posted September 14, 2020 // Aepm Secretary

Annual general meeting 2020

Association of European Printing Museums Minutes of the annual general meeting 2020 The annual general meeting was held online on September 7, 2020. The invitation, sent out on the 23 August 2020 included online access to all the necessary documents and information in preparation of the AGM. 1. List of members present Board members: Alan

Posted July 18, 2020 // Aepm Secretary

Susan Shaw, founder of The Type Archive (London) dies aged 87

We learned with great sadness of the death this week of Susan Shaw, publisher and indefatigable founder and defender of the Type Museum which she established in Stockwell, London in 1992. Over the years the Type Museum, now called The Type Archive, amassed a fabulous collection of historical type-making materials – punches, matrices, machines and

Posted June 18, 2020 // Adriana Saporosi

Tipografia Grifani Donati 1799

[Città di Castello, Perugia, Italy] History of the Tipografia Grifani Donati 1799 heritage workshop In the 15th century, at the time of the Renaissance, Italy was thriving. So, hardly surprisingly, it was here that the new invention by Johannes Gutenberg in Germany, namely the technique of movable type printing first became widespread. In fact, the

Posted June 5, 2020 // Aepm Secretary

Closure of the International Exlibris Center

The activities of the International Exlibris Center have been discontinued since November 2019 On the retirement of the collections manager of the International Exlibris Center in November 2019, the City of Sint-Niklaas in Belgium has decided not to renew the appointment. As a result, the museum activity of the International Exlibris Center has been discontinued.

Posted May 6, 2020 // Aepm Secretary

Alone in the printing museum. Analog visitors and digital users in times of Coronavirus

Dr. Susanne Richter, Museum of Printing Art Leipzig Museums in Leipzig have been closed since March 14, 2020, and the Museum of Printing Art has become very quiet, both its collections and the current exhibition The Eye of the Photographer. Sometimes it takes a crisis for things to change. In recent weeks Leipzig museums have

Posted May 3, 2020 // Aepm Secretary

Digital Typography Library

A wealth of information on the history and techniques of typography Jacques André, noted specialist and author of numerous books and articles on traditional and digital typography, has just updated his Digital Typography Library, which offers a wide range of online bibliographic sources useful for all those who are interested in the history of typography.