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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.