Workshops in 2020

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

We’re sorry that our workshops for 2019 are now FULL.

Workshops for 2020
More dates will be added throughout the year.

One-day Introduction to Letterpress, £90
10am to 5pm, cost includes lunch
Saturday 11 January 2020
Saturday 25 January 2020
Friday 31 January 2020
Saturday 8 February 2020
Friday 21 February 2020
Saturday 29 February 2020
Friday 3 April 2020

Two-day Letterpress workshop, £180
10am to 5pm, cost includes lunch
Friday 13 and Saturday 14 March 2020

Five-week Evening Class, £220
Tuesdays from 14 January 2020

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.