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We recorded a great interview with Steve Sorba of Aldgate Press the other day, good to get this history recorded and included in the project. Aldgate started in 1981 when the press was set up to print the anarchist newspaper for Freedom Press.

Had a great visit today to chat to Barry Tucker of BMT Print Finishers, formerly BRG when the company was in Queens Yard and Carpenters Road until the Olympic Park was constructed, when they moved to Wallis Road, and later on to just off Church Road in Leyton. Barry and some of the other employees are going to be interviewed for the project and he has given lots of tips and contacts of other people he knows in the trade.

We finally made contact with Gary Arber, whose family ran Arber & Co for many years on Roman Road. Arber & Co was a letter press print shop that was started in the 19th century and became known as one of the places that printed suffragette's posters and leaflets. The shop finally closed in 2014. His interview will be included in our archive and he also gave us some great photos of his print shop.

We invited people who have worked in the industry in east London to come to the exhibition and find out about getting involved. Among the people who came was Colin, who brought these great photos from the days when he worked at Eagle Wharf Press.

We invited members of the Hackney Circle over 60s network to take part in a letter press workshop with Russell Frost of Hooksmith Press, Leytonstone. Thanks to Russell for bringing in his beautiful presses and wooden type and ornaments.

Our work in progress exhibition 'More Follows' includes research collected so far, including images, maps, printed matter and extracts from our oral history interviews. The exhibition runs until 19th December, Monday - Friday 10am-5pm, Saturday 1pm - 5pm, at SPACE, 129 - 131 Mare Street, London E8.