From craft to technology and back again - international conference
During the twentieth century the printing industry underwent considerable change as it shifted from a craft-based trade to a technology-led profession, largely as a result of three major revolutions. In the composing room there was a move from hand- to machine composition followed by photo-setting and finally digital means of letter assembly; while in the press room printers experienced a shift from letterpress to offset lithography and latterly digital methods of production.
Despite its nearness to our own time, the twentieth century witnessed so many social, cultural and technological changes, that it is none too soon to put on record the story of the developments and upheavals that took place, before many details are lost.
Over two days a total of twenty-four speakers will explore a wide range of aspects of this fascinating period in the evolution of printing, typography and graphic design. Full details of the conference programme can be found on the Centre for Printing History & Culture website here, or on the Printing Historical Society website here. Information about the National Print Museum can be found here.