The Printing Works recreates the activity of a letterpress job-printing shop in the early 1900's - setting type letter-by-letter cast in the manner invented by Gutenberg in 1450, and printing it on century-old presses. The craft and skill that started a communications revolution !
The Printing Works is a working exhibit in the Cobblestones Museum in Greytown, New Zealand. Located on Main Street (SH1) the museum is a village setting of 16 buildings - six recognised by Heritage New Zealand as typical examples of Wairarapa's pioneering days.
The Works are open most Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 4.p.m, and at other times for groups by prior arrangement, and in support of events at the museum,
Visits to the Printing Works are very popular with schools, community groups, art, craft and graphic arts enthusiasts and all visitors have a 'hands-on' printing opportunity during their visit, as well as gaining an appreciation of the letterpress process that has survived for centuries.
Visitors have their say on TripAdvisor !
'Fabulous little museum' We visited during the school holidays - great museum with lots to look at and see. Staff were incredibly friendly and my 7 year old really enjoyed the printing works and the time taken by the volunteer to show her how it all worked. Visited July 2017
Interesting Pioneer Village With twenty or more historic buildings Cobblestones gives an insight into life 100+ years ago. The highlight was the visit to the old printing shop. It's staffed on Saturday and Sunday afternoons and the curator demonstrates the use of the presses, their development, and the evolution of the alphabet. Visited July 2018 (Toronto Canada)
Community Gem We stumbled across this l;ittle gem on the way to Napier from Wellington. Some fabulous exchibits of early settlers' lives, well preserved and presented. The Print Shop visit alone was worth the price of $7 admission. Visited July 2018 (Brisbane, Australia)
Second Time Around I visited this wonderful museum two years ago with my young grandchildren. This time it was with my husband and we didn't regret visiting on what was a very wet day. We enjoyed the buildings and grounds nevertheless with the highlight of our visit a chat with Tony in the Printing Press room. His passion for the subject was tangible and we both learnt a lot about the printing processes of the past. Visited April 2018 (Brighton, UK)
Cobblestones Museum is made up of a whole village tucked in behind a new (2014) Exhibition Building. It's a peaceful garden setting - owned and operated by volunteers - filled with artifacts and buildings from days gone by that tell a story of the history of the Wairarapa area. The printing shop was another highlight - the volunteer running it knows his typefaces and it's fascinating to see the history behind all those fonts we get on our computers. Visited October 2017
“Brilliant time” My husband and I had read the great reviews of Cobblestones so decided to pay a visit. We were not disappointed. We loved everything about it especially the reconstructed village and spent a lovely 20 minutes talking to the volunteer printer about how things were created way back. Would highly recommend. Visited November 2016
"Superb Visit" If you are passing through Greytown, New Zealand a visit here is superb. The Museum takes you back to when the first settlers arrived in town and have preserved the Houses, Barns and Farm Machinery of old. Also included is the Printing Press, where you are shown how printing was done over 100 years ago, and introduced by a Master Printer. Truly a great place to visit. Visited January 2018
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