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
We are very excited to reveal our latest donation to the Thanet Press archive. These two wonderful mini posters by the renowned designer Gregory Brown. These small versions of the original posters were created in 1933 for a publication 'The Technique of the Poster' which included an essay by Brown. Frederick Gregory Brown (1887 - … Continue reading Gregory Brown
The story of The Thanet Press starts not in Union Crescent, but at 4 Queen Street, the home of Margate stationery store Robinson & Co. A door away from Robinson's was a drapery business, Smeed's - on the corner of High Street and Queen Street. The business had been established in 1869. In 1887 Frederick … Continue reading The History Of Printing in Union Crescent, Margate: Part 1
At one time the Isle of Thanet had numerous print works. For the past 3 years we have been mapping them to see just how many there were. So far we have over 60 names dating from the late 19th Century to the present day. Do you know of any others? Do please get in … Continue reading A-Z of the Thanet Print Industry
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 … Continue reading National Lottery Heritage Fund say ‘start the press’!