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Welcome to the
British Printing Society

What is it about printing? Why do some people, who for all normal purposes seem rational, become weak at the knees at the thought of applying inked letters or images on to paper? Whatever the psychology, there is a significant number of people who find printing incredibly attractive: such people may join the Printing Industry but many carry it out on a small scale in their own homes and become members of the British Printing Society.

There are also people who started as hobby printers, but liked it so much that they established small printing shops. The British Printing Society is the spiritual home for such people. Part of the attraction is the pleasure of meeting like-minded people to discuss techniques, suppliers of materials etc.

Many members continue to use the traditional way of printing which is based upon using movable lead type (Letterpress). However today commercial printers mainly use computer based images which are then printed using digital or analogue technologies; these techniques have been adopted by many members, often alongside Letterpress. Digital technology is particularly suitable for short-run publications like Newsletters and Society Magazines.

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2020 Convention NOW CANCELLED

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Those members with bookings may have a refund or carry forward to 2021
The Convention to be held at the same hotel

More details on Instagram https://www.instagram.com/brit_print_soc/

The 2020 Convention will be hosted by the Surrey & Sussex Branch and friends at the

Holiday Inn
Reading South
500 Basingstoke Road

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th April 2021

The Guest Speaker at the Annual Dinner on the Saturday will be
Mark Ovenden, author of the book 'Johnston and Gill'
and presenter of the BBC 4 documentary 'Two Types: The Faces of Britain'

Members Only Area

The log in system is changing. You can now register your own individual user name and password. Click to Register on the log in page and fill out the form. You will have access once you have been verified.

Make a visit to see the Library Book Lists, a Diary of Society and print related events, Members' Links, Links to Suppliers and other Society information relevant to Members and copies of Small Printer and the Publishing Group Annuals.

This award is open to any young person under the age of 18.
They should submit ten copies of each of four different printing specimens that has been their own work.
Their parents or a member of the Society may only offer supervision and should submit details of how the work was carried out.

The winning entry will receive a shield to hold for twelve months along with membership of the Society for one year.
All entries should be sent to the Society's Secretary to arrive by 31st December 2018.
The judging will be undertaken by the Executive Council at its first meeting of 2019.

Publishing Group Annual

Copies of the Publishing Group Annual (formerly Small Printing) 2019 - Space are now available for purchase along with 2018 - Pattern, 2017 - Punctuation, 2016 - Outrageous Fonts, 2015 - Printing for Pleasure, 2013 - Printing in Miniature, 2012 - History and 2011 - Display . £7.50 including UK postage, £9.75 Overseas.

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