The common press

We have almost reached the end of our 101 Treasures series, but we are saving some of the best til last: this week it’s the turn of our wooden printing press which stands at the top of the stairs.

Expert Alan May, who was responsible for restoring the press, during which he made major discoveries about its history and construction, featured on a wonderful programme with Stephen Fry about the history of printing, which you can watch here.

Find out more about the history of the press and how it came to the Library on the website.


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