Moving into print

It’s not very often that I feature photographs that I have taken with a photographic society, but this week I thought it would be an opportunity to use some of the shots I took on Thursday at the John Jarrold Print Museum in Norwich with a group from North Norfolk.

If you have never been to the Print Museum (with or without a camera) shame on you. It is an Aladdin’s cave of machines, paper, print blocks, all the gubbins old and new that printers use.  That is the good news.

The bad news is that for the time being it is closed and most of the contents of the warehouse are being taken to a new location at the Church of St Peter Parmentergate in Norwich where they will be reassembled and sometime next year the museum will reopen for the public to go and visit.

John Jarrold II started working as a printer in 1815 in Suffolk, but moved the business to Norwich in 1823. Printing remained a part of the Jarrold empire until the beginning of the 21st century. The Print Museum though was opened in 1982.

I have to say it was a great opportunity to go and photograph these massive printing and binding machines in situ including a 24inch plate camera. That even puts Hasselblads  to shame.

My thanks to Caroline Jarrold, Jules Allen and Di Cornell for allowing us in and making the visit run so smoothly.

Have a good weekend