The Dorset Branch of the Society has been in existence for many years. In 1984, there was a major revamp of the branch with a new set of officers to run the branch. Over the next few years the branch became one of those groups who were actively holding meetings, which were of a practical nature. These meetings were held in the homes of its members, or their workshops. Almost every form of printing was demonstrated, all of which were practised by the members themselves, either as a hobby, or as a business.
During the nineties, Dorset entered into a period of staging Open Days, on an annual basis. Their success in this area then lead them to host the Society’s main event, the Annual Convention. This they have now done on five previous occasions, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2010 and now again in 2014. This year holds a special significance for the Society, as it will mark seventy years since its formation in 1944. A Platinum Anniversary. The Branch hope to stage another succesful convention at the same hotel as in 2010, the Days Hotel, Bournemouth.
Membership of the Dorset Branch is around 20 in number. Meetings take place at Dorchester, which is roughly central for traveling purposes. The members still participate in practical meetings with the emphasis on all aspects of the craft of printing and binding and any other loose connections with the subject.
We still welcome new members who have an interest in printing, or any other section of the industry.
For information on the branch contact:
Win Armand Smith