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 such as Newsletters and Society Magazines.

BPS and Publishing Group Privacy Policy

Pay by Direct Debit

It is now possible to join the Society and the Publishing Group using automatic annual Direct Debit.
Click on the the link at the top to set this up using GoCardless.
Existing Members will be contacted and offered Direct Debit at renewal time.

New Members will also need to download and complete the Membership Application Form.

Publishing Group membership is only open to Society Members.

Shropshire Branch Wayzgoose

Saturday 13th April 2024 - 10.00am to 5.00pm

Including BPS and Publishing Group AGMs

Hafan Yr Afon Visitor and Community Centre, Newtown, Powys, SY16 2NH
Open to the public so make a note of the date

Members Only Area

You will need to register with your membership number, own individual user name and password. Click to Register on the log in page and complete the form. You will have access once you have been verified by the webmaster who will receive your registration details.

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.

Printers' Suppliers page recently updated in Members' Area

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Publishing Group Annual 2022

Copies of the Publishing Group Annual (formerly Small Printing) 2022 - Tall Tales are now available for purchase along with 2021 - Favourite Phrases, 2020 - Lockdown, 2019 - Space, 2018 - Pattern, 2017 - Punctuation, 2016 - Outrageous Fonts, 2013 - Printing in Miniature, 2012 - History and 2011 - Display . £8.00 including UK postage, £10.00 including postage to Europe and £11.50 including postage to rest of the world.

To advertise in our monthly magazine Small Printer contact the Advertising Manager Katherine Anteney

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