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 six previous occasions, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2010, 2014 and now again in 2018. The Branch hope to stage another succesful convention at the same hotel as in 2014, the Marsham Court Hotel, Bournemouth. The event will be held over the weekend of Friday 20 to Sunday 22 April 2018.
Membership of the Dorset Branch is around 14 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 also welcome members from outside of the county of Dorset, when we are the nearest branch to their home.
For information on the branch:
Please contact the Secretary
Mrs. W. Amand Smith