We're really grateful to father and son Les and Peter Wynn, who ran The Malvern Press, for allowing us access to their fabulous collection of photographs and samples from over 50 years in the print industry. The Malvern Press were in Dalston Lane from the 1950s until 2003 when they moved to Harlow, and the company closed in 2014 when Peter retired. The company started out in letter press before moving into offset litho, and specialised in foiling and holography, which they have some great examples of that we hope to include in our book and exhibition.
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.