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World Record press moves to Saltaire

The largest printing press of its type in the world is making the move from Leeds to the Bradford district of Saltaire.

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The People Powered Press won a Guinness World Record for being the largest letterpress of its kind in the world

In April 2019, design studio Split and JKN OilTools set a new Guinness World Record when the People Powered Press was recognised as the largest letterpress printing press of its kind in the world.

The first type made for the press is named Graft in honour of the team and is cut from solid steel at 720pt. This type was accompanied by a set of large feature numerals measuring in at 3480pt.

In 2020, an independent not-for-profit Community Interest Company was created under the same name as the press.

The Press and the not-for-profit organisation that runs it are moving to new premises in Saltaire. Image: Split

The People Powered Press works in collaboration with printers, designers, artists, poets and creative writers to produce large-scale letterpress works.

Moving in July, the press will be installed at Salt Works, a new creative hub being opened by Split.

The People Powered Press’ ground-floor workshop will host creative organisations such as Saltaire Art School. Upstairs at the new premises will act as a coworking space.

The first type produced for the press is named Graft in honour of the team. Image: Split

Commenting on the move, Oli Bentley, creator of the People Powered Press, says: “We’re moving to Bradford at an incredibly exciting time, as the city launches its bid to become City of Culture 2025.

“We’re making partnerships with organisations across the district and finding groups of people to work with who’ll represent the rich diversity of Bradford’s population.”

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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