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New British History of Printing 1945-1999 - Were you in the Print?

Started by frobson, January 14, 2007, 03:39:50 PM

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Hi My name is Rob Clayton I spent 50 years in the print in the UK You May be interested to know that the  Printing Historical Society are
Having a competition and awarding cash prizes for the best submissions concerning the demise of letterpress and the growth of Li tho
Gravure and Flexo in the second half of the 20th century. All entries will be archived in the St Bride printing library just off  Fleet Street.
The purpose is to produce an archive for use by future historians so that in a hundred years or more an historian can access the memories, stories skill details etc of anyone who spent more than three consecutive years in the British Printing Industry from tea lady to stereotyper, comp to litho printer craftsman/woman to Managing Director.     For more info please email
if you know any other printing websites that would like to know of this please send me their website details. Sorry but we can only accept entries from  UK based printers.

Dave Hughes

Hi Rob, welcome to the Forum.

When you say "submissions" what are we looking for exactly? People's personal accounts, etc. Just thought it was worth clarifying  ;)
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Dave Hughes

Clarification from Rob:

The Submission can be either in the form of recollections of working life,(social,conditions,skills)
technical descriptions. particularly of skills that have been lost and as yet unrecorded. The ultimate aim is for an archive to be produced that any historian in the future to be able to have access to documents that will give a true picture of the changes in the printing industry during the second half of the 20th century.
We are at the moment finalising the information documentation the main publicity will start in March and submissions/entries can follow anytime with the 1st November being the cut-off date.
There is a prize fund of £1000. The Printing Historical Society is a charity in the past is has had an award system to help fund people doing research this is the first time that it has carried out a project whereby we are recording for posterity, in other words looking forward rather than backwards. An entry form will be available over the net. Entries are required to be sent via the post ideally typed. As you can notice from this email the written/typed form has fewer errors than emails, although judges will not judge on grammatical or spelling errors. On receipt all entries will be registered and copied they will then go to various verifiers who will check that the facts given are technically correct (to weed out the jokers) the entries will then go before a panel of judges from the PHS and prizes awarded. We are expecting that many entrants will not wish to go into the competition they will then go directly in to the archive. The money for the fund has come from the son of a letterpress machine minder in remembrance of his father Donald Milham thus it is 'The Donald Milham archive award'  maximum publicity would be much appreciated. Thank you for your interest
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Dan Williams

Submissions by UK printers only?

Well, phooey, wheres the thanks for letting you guys sail in America's Cup?  ;)

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