Autumn 2019

Dates and costs
Workshop places can be booked and purchased from The Department of Small Works from the beginning of July. Gift vouchers also available.

One-day Introduction to Letterpress, £90
10am to 5pm, cost includes lunch
Saturday 14 September
Friday 4 October
Saturday 19 October

Two-day Letterpress workshop, £180
10am to 5pm, cost includes lunch
Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October.

Half-day Print a Poster, £50
10am to 1pm
Saturday 28 September

Half-day Introduction to Small Type, £50
Postcards, bookmarks, Ex libris
10am to 1pm
Saturday 9 November

Half-day Children’s Christmas Cards, £30
For ages 7–16. Under 11s accompanied by an adult.
10am to 1pm
Friday 1 November

Five-week Evening Class, £220
Tuesdays from 10 September 2019
Tuesdays from 5 November 2019

Bespoke workshops
If you already have experience of letterpress printing, have a specific project in mind or would like us to deliver a workshop specifically for you and your friends/colleagues/family we are able to offer additional dates.

With questions about any of our workshops, email Nick at hello(at) for more information.


What you will learn
All workshops and courses have a maximum of seven places, Nick and Ellen will be on hand to guide you through the workshop and help you get the most out of your time in the printshop. Workshops are designed for people with little or no experience.

One-day workshops: An introduction to hand-setting type and letterpress printing. You will learn the basics of composing type by hand, and how to use some of the brilliant old presses in our printshop. In the afternoon, you will be able to print something of your own.

Two-day workshops: Day one will give you an introduction to hand-setting type, letterpress printing and give you an understanding of the history and language of the craft. You will learn the basics of composing type by hand, and how to use the presses including how to mix ink and register a two-colour print. On the second day, you will be able to develop, typeset and print your own work.

Five-week evening class: Each week you will learn something new about the process of handsetting wood or lead type as well as printing on the range of letterpress machines in our printshop. You will be able to develop your own project and complete the course with a range of finished printed work and a more complete understanding of the process.


How to book and pay
Workshops can be booked and purchased from The Department of Small Works online shop.

Gift vouchers
We also have a range of workshop vouchers that can be used for one day, two day or the five week evening classes. You can buy them from The Department of Small Works online shop. If you have a voucher, please choose from the dates available and email Nick at hello(at) to book your place.

Changes and cancellations
If you are unable to attend a workshop, we will do our best to find you a space on an alternative date that suits you. We’re sorry but we generally do not offer refunds.