Introduction to Letterpress

Hand Composition

Advanced Platen Press

Treadle Presses

Cylinder Presses

Business Card Printing

Intensive Woodtype


Photopolymer Platemaking

Lino Cuts



Paper Marbling

Paper Making

Fine Printmaking

 Silkscreen/Screen Printing

Book Binding

Book Repair

Artist Books











In gestation for more than a year, the WCBA, Wellington Centre for Book Arts, opened for business at the end of November, 2019. Wellington Central MP and Associate Minister of Culture, Grant Robertson,  officially opened the centre on February 15th, 2020. An open day and fair preceded the event from 1-5pm in the afternoon.


The first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere, the centre draws its inspiration from the Book Arts Centre models in Minnesota, London and San Francisco. Basement premises have been secured in the beautiful Woolstore Building at 262 Thorndon Quay, a brisk walk from the railway station and easy for out of towners coming by car—exit at Nauranga Gorge.


The three rooms comprise:


The Printery:  as well as an Intertype linecaster interloper, the printery features a Heidelberg Platen, a Vandercook SP-15 reproduction proof press, a small Albion handpress, an Arab treadle and  a Farley 25 proof press for printing wood type posters.


The Bindery: the Parliamentary bindery in the General Assembly Library has literally moved down the road, lock, stock and barrel.  With a superb collection of materials, guillotine, card cutter, backing press, standing and nipping presses, book drill, perforator, foiling machines, not to mention a comprehensive set of bookbinding tools.


The Composing Room: numerous cabinets of lead and wood type, Adana  and other tabletop presses, digital photocopier etc.


In addition to the classes offered, the centre is available for studio and corporate hire.




Introduction to Letterpress: 6.00pm-9.30pm, Thursday, 8th April, 2021: www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/276532078/


Creative Letterpress Techniques: 1.00pm-8.30pm, Friday, 9th April, 2021: www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/276532221/


Heidelberg Masterclass: 9.30am-4.00pm, Sat-Sun, 10-11 April, 2021: www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/276531934/


The Mackay Project/Making a Letterpress Book: https://www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/268286760/


Editioning Masterclass with John Denny: (two days). Register your interest.


Tara McLeod Masterclass: (two days).Register your interest.


Calligraphy with Daniel Reeve: Register your interest.


Lettering with Sarah Maxey:. Register your interest.


Photopolymer Platemaking:  Register your interest.


Linotype/Intertype Workshop:  Register your interest.


Case Binding9.30am-4.00pm, Saturday, 18th July, 2020. https://www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/271382863/


Platen Press Workshop: 9.30am-4.00pm, Friday, 31st July, 2020 https://www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/271368293/


Introduction to Letterpress: 6.00pm-9.30pm, Friday, 31st July, 2020 https://www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/271368011/


Heidelberg Masterclass: 9.30am-4.00pm, Sat-Sun, 1-2 August, 2020  https://www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/271368085/





Letterpress Intro:   Thursday, 28th and Friday 29th November, https://www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/265886150/


Treadle Platen Workshop: Friday 29th November, https://www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/265891092/


Heidelberg Masterclass: Sat 30th Nov and Sun 1st Dec (two days) , https://www.meetup.com/theprintingmuseum/events/265884226/



Notes: Please email the museum to register interest. Maximum size of class varies from 6 to 8 people.  Members of the Printing Museum (subscription only $40) receive a 10%discount on classes. Enrolment will only be confirmed on receipt of full payment in advance. Refunds available only if class places are taken up by others.






WCBA, the Wellington Centre for Book Arts


Hours: Wednesday evenings 6.00-9.00pm

Sunday afternoons 1.00-5.00pm


Feel free to pop in (downstairs in the basement—door should be open,: if not ring bell or phone) and have a look around or sort some type or matrices! We'll be either printing, binding books, composing type or setting slugs on the Linotype.


Or by appointment. Email or phone Dan 0274 444-599 or John  027 441-0000




© The Printing Museum 2014




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