Discover the fascinating story of printing in St Albans in this flagship opening exhibition.
Taking pride of place within the newly-created Weston Gallery, this exhibition will explore the rich history of a vital industry, charting the development of printing techniques, technologies, and typographic design through the centuries.
This free exhibition will reveal the local, national, and sometimes international, impact of the City’s 500 year old printmaking heritage.
Visit to learn how St Albans became home to the third printing press in the country in 1479, aiding the spread of enlightenment and knowledge by supplying the University of Cambridge with its texts. Witness the birth of an industry and see up close one of the first texts to have been printed in colour.
From printing now iconic London Transport posters to producing fake Daily Telegraph newspapers as part of the war effort, the printing history of St Albans is rich and surprising at every turn.
Visit the exhibition today and take part in our dynamic season of First Impressions activities and events.