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Behind-the-scenes of the Historical Printing Room

Sat 13 August - Sat 10 September

Cambridge University Library

Join us behind-the-scenes in the Morison Historical Printing Room, one of Cambridge University Library’s best-kept secrets. The room, a working museum, houses a treasure trove of historically significant printing presses and related artefacts.

Colin Clarkson, the curator of the room, will describe and demonstrate the techniques of letterpress printing and draw links to the Darwin family. There will also be opportunity to print a commemorative keepsake from a replica printing block of a Charles Darwin letter.

Useful information about this event:
• Limited to 10 people per session. Ticket required.
• Suitable for those aged 18 and over.
• Please arrive in the Entrance Hall of Cambridge University Library 10 minutes before the start time of your session (map).
• No food or drink is allowed in the Historical Printing Room.
• For the latest visitor information about Covid-19, please click here.

Please be aware that the Morison Historical Printing Room is a working print room and visitors will be required to stand for the duration of their session. Unfortunately, due to the limitations of the space, this event is not suitable for wheelchair users. Please email events@lib.cam.ac.uk if you have any questions about accessibility for this event.

This event is being hosted as part of Cambridge University Libraries exhibition, Darwin in Conversation: The Endlessly Curious Life and Letters of Charles Darwin (Saturday 9 July-Saturday 3 December). The exhibition is free and open to all, and those attending a historical printing room tour are welcome to visit the exhibition before or after their session. Full details including opening times can be found here.

Cost: £10

Enquiries and booking

Please note that booking is required for this event.

Please visit the University Library to book. Queries relating to these workshops can be directed to events@lib.cam.ac.uk.



In person

All times

Sat 13 August 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Wed 24 August 10:00AM - 11:30AM
Sat 10 September 10:00AM - 11:30AM


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