We’re pleased to announce a new project to celebrate the Isle of Thanet’s lost printing industry, after receiving a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The £26,600 grant for the Print Works project will enable us to catalogue and digitise archives from Margate firms The Thanet Press and Martell Press, and record the stories of the people who worked there. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses not just on the work of the industry, but also the clubs, social societies and life of the families involved in the firms.

For Print Works, we’ll be working with young people from JoJo’s School of Dance & Performing Arts to explore the archive and collect stories from people who worked at The Thanet Press and Martell Press.

The Special Collections team at the Templeman Library, University of Kent will train the young people. They will also have opportunities to see how the printing industry worked, producing prints on small presses. At the end of the project, the young people will hold a celebratory event, and the story they uncover will be told in an exhibition at the Templeman Library, on the university’s Canterbury campus.

To find out more, join us for First Friday – Arts And Heritage at Marine Studios.

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