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.
70th Anniversary Convention
The 70th Anniversary Convention is being hosted by the Dorset Branch in 2014.
This will take place on 25th, 26th and 27th April at the Days Hotel, Bournemouth, (previously The Marsham Court Hotel).
The Society now has it's own forum where you can discuss topics and show us photos of your work or other print related items. Register now and communicate with other members. Anyone may view the topics but only members will be able to register and post.
Facebook and Twitter
We now have a Facebook and Twitter pages. Log in to Facebook and 'like' us and follow us on Twitter using the buttons at the top left of this page.
Description of Website
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Membership - what the BPS does and how.
Local Branches and the Publishing Group.
Society Conventions and Annual General Meetings.
From Gutenberg to the future.
The traditional method of printing using moveable metal type.
Todays digital printing as used for small jobs: preparing, copying and printing the digital image, Fonts, Desktop Publishing etc.
[This section Includes 'Guidelines on Digital Typography and Style', and on 'Newsletters and Magazines'.]
Measurements and Terms, together with Bibliography of books and internet links useful for the printer.
Items for sale or wanted, related to printing.