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Reviving a print museum

When Wed 13 Sep 1500
Where UQAM, Cœur des sciences
Who Jay Rutherford

In one of Weimar, Germany’s oldest intact buildings, our print museum gives testimony to the cultural technologies of writing, reading and printing. The museum imparts cultural education by way of our collection of metal and wood type, historic printing forms, a number of functioning presses, and a well stocked and unique specialist library. The printing crafts are here preserved, used and demonstrated. Regular exhibitions, guided tours, workshops and conferences round out our programme and make the Pavillon-Presse a popular cultural meeting point. Our "letter library" consists of several thousand volumes, including books and magazines on type and typography, artist’s books, graphic techniques, printing, paper and processing, machine books, publishing, etc. We operate the "Walbaum Weekend" (symposia on subjects such as writing, reading, printing and typography) several times a year, as well as the "Typostammtisch" (monthly meeting of type freaks).

The museum fell into disrepair over the years since its founding, but our new team is doing its best to revive the physical space and to develop cultural events to take advantage of the existing infrastructure and typographic milieu in and around Weimar.

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