07:28 1st July

On the 6th July 2018 we launched Appletye and as we approach our second anniversary we have been looking back on how and why we formed. The origins of Appletye can be traced back to a project called ‘From Wasteland to Wasteland’.  Following a visit to the Lochnagar Crater on the Somme Battlefields in 2015 … Continue reading 07:28 1st July

Print Works Part 4: Working In The Print Industry

There were a variety of jobs in the pre-digital printing industry, meaning works like the Thanet Press employed large numbers, and needed specialist suppliers so supported small printers, bookbinders, and other trades locally. The key jobs, as a compositor laying out type, proof reading pages, or working with the machines, were highly skilled.  A printer's … Continue reading Print Works Part 4: Working In The Print Industry

Print Works Part 3: The Martell Press

Two Thanet schoolboys had already caught the addictive whiff of printer's ink, oil, and paper that you find in any pre-digital printworks, from their father Norman, co-founder of publishers The Graham Cumming Group and owner of printer Westwood Press. Norman Martell printed town maps for councils, and diaries for clubs and societies, selling advertising in … Continue reading Print Works Part 3: The Martell Press

Print Works Part 1: Forgotten Industry on the Isle of Thanet

Each town on the Isle of Thanet is distinct. Ramsgate has its Royal Harbour, and is still an active port for pleasure craft, and the rugged boats that service the offshore windfarms north of Margate. Broadstairs is the quintessential seaside town, a curve of beach at the break in the chalk cliffs, with the town … Continue reading Print Works Part 1: Forgotten Industry on the Isle of Thanet