The Hamilton Wood Type & Printing Museum is the only museum dedicated to the preservation, study, production and printing of wood type. With 1.5 million pieces of wood type and more than 1,000 styles and sizes of patterns, it contains one of the premier wood type collections in the world. It is a working museum that remains a fully functional workshop.
In 2013, the old Hamilton factory which housed the museum was scheduled to be razed. Staff and volunteers took on the massive effort to salvage the priceless piece of letterpress history contained within the crumbling building. See museum director Jim Moran describe the task they faced.
Today, the museum collaborates with P22 Type Foundry on the revival of original wood type design to create digital fonts. And contemporary type designers from around the world create new, original fonts as part of the museum’s Wood Type Legacy Project.
Workshops are scheduled throughout the year for both designers and “regular” folks. Workshop topics this fall include everything from bookmaking with specialized binding to letterpress workshops where you can print posters and sip adult beverages to spontaneous creative-thinking solutions for quick design.