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.
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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
Advertising really doesn't do this brilliant museum justice. They have saved over a dozen historic NZ buildings and relocated them to the museum grounds for viewing as well as the modern museum building itself. Hidden gems like the working printing presses in the printing works building with hands on demonstrations. Excellent value UK. Visited October 2018
This little gem is absolutely fabulous. The historic little village is set out around a little village green, where you can enjoy lunch. (B.Y.O)It was a great trip down memory lane for us and a real eye opener for the grandkids as to how difficult life was not so long ago. The working printshop is very educational and the amazing patience of the staff member was outstanding as he helped the children, from age 2 to 11 years, make their own little prints. A great place for all ages to spend a happy couple of hours easily. Great value for family. Visited October 2018
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