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Letterpress Printing

with Ken Burnley and Jon Ward-Allen

Numbers are strictly limited so please book early.


JUNE - Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th June (3 days) - Letterpress Printing in 3-colours (advanced) POSTPONED

OCTOBER - Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th October (3 days) - Beginners

(arrival 5-6pm, departure 4-5pm)

Come and enjoy a weekend of letterpress printing, and immerse yourself in ink and old presses! However, you don't have to be either old or a traditionalist to print with letterpress - it appeals as much to the young designers as to those who hanker after a bit of good old fashioned style. If you are completely new to printing, and want to start at the beginning with a view to becoming accomplished, we recommend that you learn the basic skills on our beginners’ course. Thereafter, there are lots of ways of adding to those skills and you can choose from one of the themed courses.


Multi-colour Booklet Printing

Thursday 11th - Sunday 14th June (3 days)

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On this course you will learn how to print a booklet in multiple colours. Using type and blocks created specially for the project we will produce an eight-page booklet with card cover, printed on some of our antique presses. You will learn about layout, typography and design as well as about inks, paper and multi-colour line printing. The course is suitable for those who already have a basic understanding of letterpress and would like to further their skills.


Letterpress Printing for Beginners

Thursday 8th - Sunday 11th October (3 days)

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This is a three-day introductory course for anyone interested in the traditional methods of letterpress printing. The course will provide an introduction to the history of printing and will cover basic typography, design and letterpress techniques, different papers and inks. You will be taught to lay out type and blocks and print using our restored and refurbished presses.

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Tools, Equipment & Work Space

The tuition is held in our press and composition rooms, which house our working presses - an 1864 Albion, a Vandercook proofing press, a Stephenson Blake proofing press, four treadle platens of different sizes (Arab, Clyde, Cropper and Eagle) and five Adanas (also of different sizes). We have a composition room with a range of type including a good selection of wooden type. Also on site is a fully equipped bindery.

You may like to watch the short film about the Grange here.

For 3-day courses in 2020:
Residential (single with en-suite bathroom) - £499
Sharing (or in single room without bathroom) - £440
Non residential £390
(to include Thursday evening meal and lunches each day)

Prices include tuition, all meals and accommodation. An additional materials charge of up to £20 may be made depending on the materials used.


If you would like further information about our secure payment system, please see our
booking and payments pages. Deposits can be paid online to reserve your place.