The Printing Works recreates the activity of a letterpress job-printing shop in the early 1900's - setting type letter-by-letter 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
‘A pleasant surprise ” The highlight of this museum is the man running the old printing press. He was a fountain of knowledge and we thoroughly enjoyed chatting to him. Would recommend! Visited March 2017
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.
“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
‘Window into the past” Try and go when the printing press is open as this is truly fascinating (normally on a Saturday and Sunday). Interesting displays and nostalgia aplenty, especially if you grew up in the Wairarapa. Visited April 2014
“Neat open air museum” It's only $7 to enter this museum and its a great way to spend an hour or so. There is often someone in the printing building who will talk you through typecasting and the process. Its actually interesting and the gentleman is friendly and eager to share his knowledge. Visited February 2014
"Superb Visit" If you are passing through Greytown, New Zealand a visit here is superb. The Museum takes you back 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