We've been investigating apprenticeships and the history of printing at the LCC archives with the help of their wonderful librarians and archivists. The material they hold really shows how much the industry has changed; none of the apprenticeships they ran previously exist any more.
We had a wonderful workshop afternoon at London Metropolitan Archives, including a tour of the building, which was formerly Temple Press printers, by Senior Archivist Sally Bevan. Some of the volunteers already have ideas for areas they want to look into for the project and we started to think about how to share research methods and material collected.
We had our first meeting and workshop with some of our volunteers, at St Bride's Library in London. St Bride's is an amazing archive of print, design and typography, and the printing trade directories were our first point of call in starting to map the industry in east London.