National Trust letterpress project

Hi all,
Just me keeping you in the loop with a project we are running in conjunction with the National Trust at Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, UK.

As you might already know, the original Minerva platen press used by Leonard & Virginia Woolf is housed at Sissinghurst and has been undergoing some repairs. We have just started a project to letterpress print a poem by Vita Sackville-West, using a replica Minerva, based in one of the barns there.

We have ten volunteers who will be learning the ropes - myself and a colleague will be teaching them the basics of typesetting, printing, binding and marbling. Hopefully the finished edition of the poem will go on sale in October.

As part of the project, we’ll be visiting Amberley museum on Sept 18th - if any of you happen to be around, it would be lovely to see you.

We have a project blog at if you’d like to keep in the loop with what we are up to.

My last thing to say is a request - we are in need of some composing sticks for the volunteers to learn with. I have one, and some bits, but we could do with 5-8 more so everyone can have a go. Does anyone have one or more they could lend, donate or sell us for this project? We’d be super grateful if so.

Thanks again for reading, and I’ll let you all know how it’s going.


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I presume you are using the Adana No 2 side irons with those chases and not screwing straight into the furniture and lead.