Historic Print Shop
at Blickling Estate
Norwich Printing Museum is a rarity being one of the few
remaining working print museums in the UK.
The museum was born from a collection of printing machinery,
type and bindery equipment from the early days of Jarrold & Son Ltd
which was first established in Suffolk in 1815.
Our new fully working Historic Print Shop opened at Blickling Hall in July 2021 with the aim of preserving our unique collection of printing machinery and artefacts and to pass on the traditional skills of the Compositor, Printer and Bookbinder through regular demonstrations and specialist courses.
Friday to Sunday 11am to 3pm
(From 31st March to 31st December)
The Historic Print Shop at Blickling Hall
A brief history
In 1823 the company moved to Norwich and developed into a thriving print, stationery, publishing and retail business. As time moved on and printing techniques developed, the company invested in automation and new technologies including the photolitho process, moving away from the old traditional methods for commercial production.
Fortunately, much of the original equipment was retained and formed the basis of the John Jarrold Printing Museum, established through the vision of Peter Jarrold and Mike Fuggle in a 13th century friary crypt (the undercroft and upper room) which was originally part of the Whitefriars monastic site in Norwich and where the printing works had been sited since the early 20th century.
In 1982 the John Jarrold Printing Museum was officially opened bearing the name of Peter's father as a fitting tribute to the family's printing heritage and innovation.
The original JJPM collection formed the nucleus of the now vast collection of printing presses, machinery and lead and wooden type housed in over 30 type frames, a functioning bindery and an eclectic archive of printed ephemera and books. Over the years, many other pieces of print related equipment were donated to the museum as other printing businesses closed their doors.
The JJPM thrived as a working museum, opening on one day a week, with many skilled volunteers and apprentice-trained craftsmen operating and demonstrating the equipment to the public. It also attracted younger active members keen to learn and improve their skills and enjoy using the traditional crafts. It was a popular destination during the annual Heritage Open Days held in September. When the museum was advised that its existing site would be redeveloped for housing, a group of the members led the move to establish an independent museum.
In 2019 the museum became a registered charity (number 1186762) and is now governed by a board of trustees and dedicated to the preservation of historic printing machinery and the advancement of training and education in the history and processes of printing, book binding and allied skills, with special emphasis on the endangered craft
In 2021 the museum was offered space at the National Trust's Blickling Hall, a stunning Jacobean house near the market town of Aylsham in Norfolk.
Now open once again to the public, the 'Historic Print Shop'
We are passionate about preserving precious Heritage Skills and it is our aim to ensure that future generations can learn about the history and processes of hand composition, printing, bookbinding and some of the allied skills. Unfortunately due to current restrictions brought about by Covid-19 our future plans for courses, training and events are temporarily on hold but we hope it's not too long before we can continue safely.
Would you like to join our team?
Our volunteers, many of whom were apprentice trained within the print and binding trades are as discerning and passionate about their work as those that served in bygone days.
New members and Friends are always welcome and we
are currently looking for trained Compositors, Machine Minders and Bookbinders to join our team at Blickling Hall.
If you are not trained in any of the above but would like to be involved in the museum, we are also looking for help with
Meeting and Greeting' visitors, Publicity & Social Media, Newsletter Editor, Admin Assistant.
If you are able to help with any of the above please contact Jules for further details.
or CLICK HERE for other ways of sending your donation or supporting us.
Every donation received helps us to preserve, store and maintain our precious printing collection and your support is much appreciated.
TEXT - simply text NORPRINT and the amount to 70085
Friday to Sunday
11am to 3pm.
(Please note that the print shop
will be closed from
1st January to 31st March each year)
Blickling Hall Estate
Please note that our administrative assistant is a volunteer and therefore working limited hours .
We will do our best to get back to you as soon as possible but please bear with us if there is a slight delay.