The Type Archive

The Type Archive The Type Archive holds the National Typefounding Collection and is an inspiring place for anyone interested in the history of type setting and printing.
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Wonderful to have @alphabetishist with us yesterday to celebrate the completion of Hungry Dutch (series 923), the first ...
17/09/2019

Wonderful to have @alphabetishist with us yesterday to celebrate the completion of Hungry Dutch (series 923), the first new Monotype font for hot metal composition casting in 41 years.
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#hungrydutch #russellmaret #monotype #hotmetal #moveabletype #compositioncaster #letterpress #typography #typedesign #font @ The Type Archive

How is letterpress type produced?Discover the intricacies of Monotype punchcutting and hot-metal casting with Richard Ar...
14/07/2019

How is letterpress type produced?Discover the intricacies of Monotype punchcutting and hot-metal casting with Richard Ardagh and Ian Gabb 💬

Join us Thursday 25th July 2019, 7pm
For more information and tickets, see link in bio.
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#typefounding #type #typecasting #monotype #londontalks #londontype #graphicdesign #londonlecture #thetypearchive #TAlks #printing #letterpress #lettering #talkingtype #typography #punchcutting

28/05/2019

Monotype punchcutting in action. Animation by @richardardagh for a talk given on behalf of @thetypearchive at @printingmuseums conference in Turnhout, Belguim last week.
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This ct ligature is from Hungry Dutch, a font designed by @alphabetishist The face of this steel punch measures 0.2 inches (approx 5mm) square and you see the approx 30 stages of the engraving process.
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#punchcutting #monotype #moveabletype #typeinspire #typeface #typefacedesign #typography #engraving #animation

04/04/2019

Please join us for an exciting evening with multi award-winning graphic designer Phil Cleaver and the start of TAlks! 💬
Wednesday, 10th of April, 6.30pm at the Type Archive.

Please book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/talks-phil-cleaver-tickets-56251685305 .
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#type #typography #typedesign #graphics #graphicdesign #designinlondon #londontalks #londonlectures #letters #letterpress #thetypearchive #typearchive #philcleaver #designschool #bookart #bookdesign #printing

Punches for Van Dijck italic (Monotype Series 203), a beautiful example of the Aldine type design tradition. Based on th...
05/03/2019

Punches for Van Dijck italic (Monotype Series 203), a beautiful example of the Aldine type design tradition. Based on the work of type founder Christoffel van Dijck (1606-1669), whose type designs are regarded as the source for C18 English type designs such as Caslon. Monotype’s design was released in 1937, following test punches cut by master letter engraver P H Rädisch with the design supervised by Jan van Krimpen.
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#vandijck #monotype #punches #typefoundinghistory #aldine #vankrimpen #phradisch #letterpress #font #typefacedesign #italic @ The Type Archive

Punches for Van Dijck italic (Monotype Series 203), a beautiful example of the Aldine type design tradition. Based on th...
05/03/2019

Punches for Van Dijck italic (Monotype Series 203), a beautiful example of the Aldine type design tradition. Based on the work of type founder Christoffel van Dijck (1606-1669), whose type designs are regarded as the source for C18 English type designs such as Caslon. Monotype’s design was released in 1937, following test punches cut by master letter engraver P H Rädisch with the design supervised by Jan van Krimpen.
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#vandijck #monotype #punches #typefoundinghistory #aldine #vankrimpen #phradisch #letterpress #font #typefacedesign #italic

Sand casting of large display fonts was pioneered by Thomas Cotterell c.1765. Photos of our experiments @thetypearchive ...
17/01/2019

Sand casting of large display fonts was pioneered by Thomas Cotterell c.1765. Photos of our experiments @thetypearchive in 2003.
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Photos by Andra Nelki
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#hotmetal #moveabletype #sandcasting #letterpress #typography #typearchive #caslon #metaltype #displayfont #font @ The Type Archive

Merry Christmas from all at Type Archive
21/12/2018

Merry Christmas from all at Type Archive

Vertical milling machine for 0.4 inch matrices. The Type Archive has continued the work of the original Monotype Corpora...
05/11/2018

Vertical milling machine for 0.4 inch matrices.
The Type Archive has continued the work of the original Monotype Corporation by making matrices to order since 1992. The matrix workshop contains 80 machines dedicated this precision engineering which are in use every week fulfilling orders.
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#monotype #hotmetal #puchcutting #matrix #type #gauges #typography #typographydesign #precision #engineering #industrial #printing #theprintedword

Monotype series card – listing the measurements (in 10,000ths of an inch) necessary to cut punches for every glyph of a ...
16/10/2018

Monotype series card – listing the measurements (in 10,000ths of an inch) necessary to cut punches for every glyph of a font – and gauge.

The Type Archive has continued the work of the original Monotype Corporation by making matrices to order since 1992. The matrix workshop contains 80 machines dedicated this precision engineering which are in use every week fulfilling orders.
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#monotype #hotmetal #puchcutting #matrix #gauges #typography #typographydesign #precision #engineering #industrial #printing #theprintedword

Albertus Titling (Monotype series 324) 72pt, cast here @thetypearchive ..#moveabletype #letterpress #typography #typemat...
02/10/2018

Albertus Titling (Monotype series 324) 72pt, cast here @thetypearchive
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#moveabletype #letterpress #typography #typematters #dailytype #fonts #albertus #bertholdwolpe #monotype

Punches for Union Pearl, the oldest surviving example of decorated type, c.1700. Originally from the Grover foundry, its...
10/08/2018

Punches for Union Pearl, the oldest surviving example of decorated type, c.1700. Originally from the Grover foundry, its first known use in print was in 1708. Union Pearl, which came by decent to Stephenson Blake – and is now part of the National Typefounding Collection held @thetypearchive – was only ever cast in the unusual size of 22pt.
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#nationaltypefoundingcollection #typearchive #unionpearl #punchcutting #decorative #letterpress #font #typography #typographydesign #goodtype #thedailytype #typographyinspired #typeverything #archive #typographyposter #ligaturecollective #inspirationseed #typelove #graphicdesign #typedaily #design #fontdesign #museum #thedesigntip #designinspiration #typetopia @ The Type Archive

A specimen of a selection of non-Latin types held at the Type Archive...#nationaltypefoundingcollection #typearchive #ta...
31/07/2018

A specimen of a selection of non-Latin types held at the Type Archive.
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#nationaltypefoundingcollection #typearchive #tamil #sinhala #cyrillic #gaelic #arabic #hebrew #letterpress #woodtype #font #typography #typographydesign #goodtype #thedailytype #typographyinspired #typeverything #archive #typographyposter #ligaturecollective #inspirationseed #typelove #graphicdesign #typedaily #design #fontdesign #museum #thedesigntip #designinspiration #typetopia @ The Type Archive

Sinhala condensed woodtype font: part of the last major order to be completed by Robert DeLittle* (the client defaulted ...
31/07/2018

Sinhala condensed woodtype font: part of the last major order to be completed by Robert DeLittle* (the client defaulted on the deal, leaving DeLittle with lots of unsellable type). Sinhalese is an Indic language descended from Sanskrit, spoken by about 13 people, mostly in Sri Lanka.
*York-based woodletter manufacturer whose plant is now part of the National Typefounding Collection held @thetypearchive .
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#nationaltypefoundingcollection #typearchive #sinhala #letterpress #woodtype #font #typography #typographydesign #goodtype #thedailytype #typographyinspired #typeverything #archive #typographyposter #ligaturecollective #inspirationseed #typelove #graphicdesign #typedaily #design #fontdesign #museum #thedesigntip #designinspiration #typetopia

Sinhala woodtype font: the last major order to be completed by Robert DeLittle* (the client defaulted on the deal, leavi...
26/07/2018

Sinhala woodtype font: the last major order to be completed by Robert DeLittle* (the client defaulted on the deal, leaving DeLittle with lots of unsellable type). Sinhalese is an Indic language descended from Sanskrit, spoken by about 13 people, mostly in Sri Lanka.
* York-based woodletter manufacturer whose plant is now part of the National Typefounding Collection held @thetypearchive .
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#nationaltypefoundingcollection #typearchive #sinhala #letterpress #woodtype #font #typography #typographydesign #goodtype #thedailytype #typographyinspired #typeverything #archive #typographyposter #ligaturecollective #inspirationseed #typelove #graphicdesign #typedaily #design #fontdesign #museum #thedesigntip #designinspiration #typetopia

Sinhala woodtype font: the last major order to be completed by Robert De Little* (the client defaulted on the deal, leav...
26/07/2018

Sinhala woodtype font: the last major order to be completed by Robert De Little* (the client defaulted on the deal, leaving De Little with lots of unsaleable type).
Sinhalese is an Indic language descended from Sanskrit, spoken by about 13 million people, mostly in Sri Lanka.

* York-based woodletter manufacturer whose plant is now part of the National Typefounding Collection held @thetypearchive

#nationaltypefoundingcollection #typearchive #sinhala #letterpress #woodtype #font #typography #typographydesign #goodtype #thedailytype #typographyinspired #typeverything #archive #typographyposter #ligaturecollective #inspirationseed #typelove #graphicdesign #typedaily #design #fontdesign #museum #thedesigntip #designinspiration #typetopia

Last chance to see Gunnlaugur Briem’s exhibition of lettering prints and handwriting manifesto. Visit us Friday – Monday...
11/07/2018

Last chance to see Gunnlaugur Briem’s exhibition of lettering prints and handwriting manifesto. Visit us Friday – Monday, ticket link in bio.
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#typedesign #goodtype #thedailytype #typographyinspired #typeverything #archive #typographyposter #ligaturecollective #inspirationseed #typearchive #typelove #graphicdesign #typedaily #design #thetypearchive #letterpress #typography #graphics #graphicgang #fontdesign #museum #thedesigntip #designinspiration #typetopia #lettering #branding #logo @ The Type Archive

Join us next week to welcome Gunnlaugur SE Briem for a new exhibition about the art of writing by hand!More details in t...
19/06/2018
Briem at the Type Archive

Join us next week to welcome Gunnlaugur SE Briem for a new exhibition about the art of writing by hand!

More details in the link below:

Handwriting guru Gunnlaugur SE Briem arrives at the Type Archive for a three-week long exhibition to celebrate handwriting with works of calligraphy, lettering and printmaking. The exhibition showcases a collection of old and new works that highlight the beauty of lettering. In a time when handwriti...

Join us this Saturday for a guided tour of our workshops and archive with Rare Books London!11–4pm, £25. Booking require...
08/05/2018
A Day at the Type Archive

Join us this Saturday for a guided tour of our workshops and archive with Rare Books London!

11–4pm, £25. Booking required

Before the invention of letterpress printing by the German Johannes Gutenberg, early in the fifteenth century, written words were painstakingly committed to page with pens by scribes; a process so slow that, inevitably, books, and consequently literacy, were the privilege of the few. Letterpress, wh...

The Wolpe Exhibition has been extended until December 4th. Book your free ticket and join us at the Type Archive! https:...
09/11/2017
The Wolpe Exhibition

The Wolpe Exhibition has been extended until December 4th. Book your free ticket and join us at the Type Archive!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-wolpe-exhibition-tickets-37282836969

The Wolpe Exhibition, in partnership with The Type Archive, is a month-long exhibition to celebrate the launch of The Wolpe Collection, a new collection of typefaces, originally designed by Berthold Wolpe, now revived by Monotype. At The Wolpe Exhibition, long-standing institute, The Type Archive wi...

The Wolpe Exhibition opens next week at the Type Archive to celebrate a new collection of Berthold Wolpe's typefaces now...
21/09/2017
The Wolpe Exhibition

The Wolpe Exhibition opens next week at the Type Archive to celebrate a new collection of Berthold Wolpe's typefaces now revived by Monotype.

The exhibition will be on for one month starting next Friday
(booking required)

The Wolpe Exhibition, in partnership with The Type Archive, is a month-long exhibition to celebrate the launch of a new collection of typefaces, originally designed by Berthold Wolpe, now revived by Monotype.At The Wolpe Exhibition, long-standing institute, The Type Archive will open its doors to th...

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Type Archive in 2016. We couldn't have done it without you. Bring on 2017!
31/12/2016

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Type Archive in 2016. We couldn't have done it without you. Bring on 2017!

Join us for festive drinks and food at The Type Archive Christmas PartyMonday 12 December7 – 10pmThe Type Archive100 Hac...
06/12/2016

Join us for festive drinks and food at The Type Archive Christmas Party

Monday 12 December
7 – 10pm

The Type Archive
100 Hackford Road
London, SW9 0QU

Books, cards and posters will be on sale to raise money for The Type Archive

RSVP by Friday 9th December to [email protected]

If you are interested in our Letterpress Printing workshops, email: enquiries@typearchive.org - to register your interes...
28/10/2016

If you are interested in our Letterpress Printing workshops, email: [email protected] - to register your interest. #london #letterpress #workshop

Don't miss this unique letterpress workshop with The Counter Press! #typography
11/04/2016
'Lost Words' Printing Workshop

Don't miss this unique letterpress workshop with The Counter Press! #typography

This intensive, hands-on design and typography workshop will introduce participants to the basics of letterpress and the traditional techniques of typesetting with both wood and metal type. Over the two days, each student will design, set and then print their own limited edition poster on a Vanderco…

Merry Christmas from the Type Archive 🎄
25/12/2015

Merry Christmas from the Type Archive 🎄

8 days until Christmas! 🎄 #typography
17/12/2015

8 days until Christmas! 🎄 #typography

Today in THE SATURDAY TIMES! 1821 #IntheHeartoftheSea #thetypearchive @thetimes
05/12/2015

Today in THE SATURDAY TIMES! 1821 #IntheHeartoftheSea #thetypearchive @thetimes

Make sure you pick up a copy of the times tomorrow. It will be a special one! #mobydick #thetypearchive #letterpress
04/12/2015

Make sure you pick up a copy of the times tomorrow. It will be a special one! #mobydick #thetypearchive #letterpress

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24/11/2015

The Type Archive's cover photo

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RIP Sue Shaw Founder of the Type Archive, and the Type Museum in its previous incarnation ... Condolences to her friends, and all that were involved with her in contributing to preserving the history of type making technology and skill ... Alice Spawls in the London Review of Books
Hi there. Just wondering if you offer tours and all? Would love to see the archives collection.