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The Stuff of Printing - Association of European Printing Museums Symposium - CANCELLED



The Centre for Fine Print Research is pleased to host the annual symposium of the Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM) in September.

Professor Stephen Hoskins - a former president of the AEPM - has organised an enthralling programme of speakers including industry experts John Purcell and Michael Crane, Dr Caroline Archer from the Baskerville project Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), Birmingham City University and Prof. Phil Baines who oversees the Penguin Archive at the University of Bristol.

Delegates will visit a pioneering ink and pigment comany - Cranfield colours, in Wales and enjoy fine dining at Goldbrick House on Bristol's bustling Park Street. The coach journey back from Wales will include stops at Bristol International Airport and Bristol Templemeads on the Friday afternoon at around 4.30pm to allow delegates to make their travel connections.


Here is the draft agenda

To join the AEPM these are the routes to connect with them: www.aepm.eu/englisch/


Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM) History

The "Association of European Printing Museums" (AEPM) was founded in Grevenmacher (Luxembourg) in February 2003. It is a not for profit association whose aim is to promote the co-operation of European printing museums. At the same time, on the basis of the combined efforts of specialists, it would like to work for the preservation of traditional printing arts as a cultural heritage.

It was initially set up as a project entitled "Preservation of Historical Printing Skills", whose aim was to prevent the loss of knowledge and know-how in the field of traditional printing techniques.
All over Europe, there are a considerable numbers of printing museums and print workshops as well as printing sections in technical museums which set themselves the task of preserving and demonstrating the traditional art of printing.

Many European museums and workshops still have specialised staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to do this. However, there is a clear demand for more specially trained museum staff and this demand will increase considerably in the future. In order to get more specialised staff qualified in traditional printing techniques, the AEPM intends to establish the necessary facilities for education and supplementary training. Such an approach will ensure the transfer of the required skills and know-how which will make it possible in the future to print high-quality material in the traditional way.
These aims will be realised on the basis of a co-operative network of European printing museums.

The association intends to support its members:

by establishing a network of printing museums and educational print workshops covering all aspects of traditional printing,

by the exchange of information, experience, machines, tools, and materials,

by training experts in traditional printing methods so that they can make a contribution to the "active" preservation of these techniques,

by documenting traditional printing techniques on the basis of mutual exchange