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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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Small Printing

Copies of the Publishing Group Annual (Small Printing) for 2012 - History and 2011 - Display are now available for purchase. £7.50 including UK postage, £9.75 Overseas.

Members Only Area

We now have a Members Only Area. Make a visit to see the Library Book Lists, Society and print related events and Members' Links. You will find the log in details in your new Membership List.

70th Anniversary Convention

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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).

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BPS Forum

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.

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Last Updated: 10th April 2014