StArt The Press is an ongoing project which aims to recognise and record the Isle of Thanet’s print industry, which at its peak employed c.2500. As well as documenting the employment, impact and outputs of a lost industry, we use artists to create contemporary responses to the industry, using letterpress, archival print blocks, and modern techniques. At an annual event, we bring ex-printworks staff, artists, and the public together. 

The project is based around a growing archive of objects and ephemera from Thanet Press, Union Crescent, Martell Press, Cliftonville and other printers and printworks situated around the Isle of Thanet and dating back to the early 20th Century.


Thanet Press


Martell Press

StArt the Press Events