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Melbourne Museum of Printing
BOOKS : : PRINTING : : RELATED INDUSTRIES
Australia's working and teaching museum of typography and printing.

MMOP is a Heritage Charity, registered with the ACNC 59907193772 since 2012
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264 - 266 GEELONG ROAD, WEST FOOTSCRAY
POSTAL: P.O. BOX 555, FOOTSCRAY 3011
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CLICK HERE TO SEE OUR OLD (1996) THUMBNAILS. Do you miss them? With descriptions.

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WHAT DRIVES MMOP?

Heritage, tangible and intangible

The crafts, technologies, working environments and business of printing and related industries.

From the invention of metal types, the hand-operated presses and hand binding of books, through so many great inventions (mostly since overtaken) to today's and tomorrow's technologies.

Education and Research

Provision of a range of hands-on experiences enables designers, artists, writers and editors, printers, typesetters, librarians and enthusiasts to better understand what their computer is trying to do. They experience what labours went into the production of books and other printed items in the past.

The "professional development" 8-hr workshop is popular. General audiences learn about past and present systems of printing in its wider sense. An academic one-semester unit has been suggested. The MMOP Archives will provide opportunities for research.

Art Production

After completing a hands-on workshop (or with other experience), some artists like to make use of the MMOP Access Studio to produce further hand-made printed items. These have included posters, social items, business items, and a few have produced substantial books, all by hand. Some items have been entered in competitions.

Community Service

The "Museum Service Program" has assisted universities, museums and galleries with training, supply of hard-to-get materials and spare parts. When adequately financed, this program will be offered more widely and will be offered below cost where appropriate.

The "Grade Six Experience" is planned to enable every child to attend the Museum and see the wide range of activities that are part of today's printing industry. If maintained over generations, this will result in the general population growing up with an understanding of the importance of these industries. Such a program could eventually be offered Australia-wide.

HOME PAGE CONTACT VISITING PROGRAMS COLLECTION METAL TYPE

DISASTER STRUCK 2 YEARS AGO !! IT WAS SHOCKING NEWS.

AFTER FORTY YEARS OF HARD WORK, and private outlay in the millions of dollars, MMOP was recognised as one of the world's comprehensive collections in its field. It included modern, old and ancient technologies of printing and related industries, with an emphasis on recreating the workplace environment, and documentation.

The realistic environment is probably what attracted at least a dozen film makers to use MMOP as a location (or for props) for episodes ranging from educational to crime-drama.

OVER ITS MOST PRODUCTIVE YEARS it attracted and served thousands of secondary and tertiary students (design and book related) with their teachers from many parts of Australia; hundreds of graphic designers wanting unique hands-on understanding, and dozens of productive artists and book printers, several from overseas. MMOP hosted events for a few other organisations, offering their clients a unique experience.

The "General Admission Program" for casual visitation could not be reliably offered, or advertised, and only ran two days a week. It could never reach its potential without regular staffing.

ALTHOUGH A NUMBER OF INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE in industry and various authorities had sounded positive about funding, to stabilise the museum, it never happened. The funds would have covered the cost of recruiting and training a small team of full-time staff. In turn, that would have enabled MMOP to offer its services seven days a week, including an attractive "general admission" program.

Taking advantage of the Museum's great location, there is potential to bring hundreds of people per day to learn about printing, publishing, packaging and related crafts, and explore the region.

Unfortunately, this lack of staff confined operations to "pilot mode" and led to getting a long way behind in the rental, until the Landlord felt that he could wait no longer. Sad to say, he locked out the Museum people and after some time, organised an auction whereby most metallic items were sold, many bought by scrap dealers.

MMOP is grateful that some key items were bought by other museums, and some will be returned when MMOP re-starts!


O N E   L A S T   C H A N C E !

M.M.O.P. CAN RE-START AND REBUILD with new financial partners.
The landlord is willing to lease again, assuming solid finances.
The Covid19 disruption has made it harder to gain such support.

The support needed to re-start until break-even is far less than what the founders have outlaid over the years.

KEY ITEMS OF UNIQUE MACHINERY WILL BE RETURNED. MANY ITEMS ARE STORED IN OFF-SITE LOCATIONS, READY TO USE. FURTHER ITEMS HAVE BEEN OFFERED, AND OTHER NEEDED ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE.

THOUSANDS OF ARCHIVAL ITEMS are still on site, but LEFT IN A MESS by those who removed the machinery. We can't get in to tidy up.

>The ARCHIVAL DOCUMENTS, ENGRAVINGS ETC, are irreplaceable items<

Please see our Rebuilding Page for details, options, the 3000 sq.m FLOOR PLAN, updates and a chain of links to various interesting pages and especially the REFEREES PAGE (letters from academics and officials and leaders of industry and museums).

Heritage of Printing, Publishing, Packaging, Paper

Industrial Heritage - Business Heritage - Intangible Heritage

  CLICK ANY PICTURE TO SEE ENLARGEMENT AND COMMENTARY  

ALL IMAGES AND TEXT ON THIS WEBSITE ARE COPYRIGHT © MMOP 2016
mmop.org.au/copyright.htm

MINI-MENU : : more items down the page

ALL PROGRAMS ||  SCHOOL PROGRAM ||  LETTERPRESS PROGRAM ||  VISITOR PROGRAM     VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM 
WHERE ARE WE? Address, map, phone, email  ||  PRINT IN OUR LETTERPRESS STUDIO  ||  OUR OWN METAL TYPEFOUNDRY 
MMOP ON FACEBOOK  ||  OUR PRINTING GLOSSARY  ||  OUR COLLECTIONS  ||  PICTURE GALLERIES 

CLICK HERE for details AND PIX of the NEW MUSEUM [2011].

Discover volunteering opportunities for our various programs.

CLICK HERE to view a selection of our popular LEAFLETS and some pix.

Two Days with Letterpress
CLICK FOR LETTERPRESS EXPERIENCE
Our 2012 leaflet:
[ MOSTLY STILL RELEVANT ! ]
 
CLICK IMAGE TO SEE OR PRINT

Illustrated Feature:
LETTERPRESS EXPLAINED
ACCOMPANIED AN ABC RADIO SEGMENT 14 FEB 2008

CLICK IMAGE FOR DETAILS

Melbourne Museum of Printing
in the media
RADIO : TV : NEWSPAPER : MAGAZINE

CLICK IMAGE FOR DETAILS

>>> SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE DETAILS <<<
[ PAGES SHOW HOW MMOP WILL AGAIN OPERATE AFTER RE-START ]

VISIT THE
CONTACT PAGE
 
LOCATION
266 GEELONG ROAD,
West Footscray, Victoria.

JUST MINUTES FROM THE CITY, WELL SERVED BY TRAINS AND BUSES.
location map
MAP, TELEPHONE, E-MAIL

PUBLIC PROGRAM
VISITING WITHOUT APPOINTMENT :: IF OVER 5 IN YOUR GROUP, PLEASE ADVISE.
[DAYS, PRICES, DETAILS]
 
GROUP TOURS
ARE PART OF THE PUBLIC PROGRAM, and can be booked for any day.
 
GRAPHIC DESIGN TOURS
ARE NOT PART OF THIS PROGRAM. SEE "OTHER PROGRAMS".
 
VOLUNTEER NOW TO HELP WITH PROGRAMS.
EMAIL MMOP TO HELP ON OPEN DAYS
 
OTHER PROGRAMS
CLICK HERE FOR FULL DETAILS

  • GRAPHIC STUDENTS' WORKSHOP
  • THE ROOTS OF PRINTING (P.D.) WORKSHOP
  • GRAPHIC DESIGN TOUR
  • GENERAL INSTRUCTION AND TRAINING
  • LETTERPRESS STUDIO (when qualified)
  • RESEARCH ACCESS (and that's not all.)
THESE ARE AVAILABLE ANY DAY BY APPOINTMENT.

EMAIL YOUR INTEREST (PHONE NUMBER PLEASE!)

 
OR CALL (03)9689 7555.

 
OUR COLLECTIONS
CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

  • MACHINES OF MANY KINDS
  • FOUNTS (FONTS) OF MANY KINDS
  • ARTEFACTS AND DOCUMENTS:
    • LETTERPRESS ITEMS
    • OFFSET LITHO ITEMS
    • LIBRARIES
    • BUSINESS DOCUMENTS
    • COMPUTERS AND COMMUNICATIONS
ALSO SEE TABLE NEAR BOTTOM OF PAGE
PICTURE GALLERIES
EACH THEMED GALLERY HAS TEN OR MORE IMAGES AND DETAILED EXPLANATIONS.
DOWNLOAD OUR DOCUMENTS
BROWSE OR PRINT OUT DETAILS OF THE MUSEUM'S ESTABLISHMENT.
GLOSSARY OF TYPE AND PRINTING
CLEAR DEFINITIONS OF HUNDREDS OF TERMS - ALPHABETIC AND THEMATIC BROWSING
VIRTUAL TOUR OF THE MUSEUM, ITS COLLECTIONS, ITS PROGRAMS
HOW TO USE OUR MATERIAL: COPYRIGHT NOTICE
OUR TYPEFOUNDRY
WE STILL MAKE METAL TYPES FOR OTHER MUSEUMS, ARTISTS, ACADEMICS, ENTHUSIASTS AND OLD-TIMERS LIKE US!
LINOTYPE RE-ENACTMENTS
REMEMBER THE NEWSPAPER COMPOSING ROOM?

WE WERE PLANNING SOME GREAT EVENTS, BUT MUCH OF OUR EQUIPMENT HAS BEEN DESTROYED. SO THE COMP ROOM MAY BE JUST A MEMORY! FORTY LINECASTERS COULD HAVE BEEN WORKING. WE MIGHT DO IT ON A SMALLER SCALE SOME TIME. WHO WILL OPERATE THE LINOS, LUDLOWS AND PRESSES?

WHAT ABOUT YOU?

DID YOU KNOW? COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT THE MUSEUM and OUR MANY UNWANTED MOVES
VOLUNTEERING?
VERY REWARDING!

MORE INFORMATION
 
EMAIL MMOP TO HELP ON OPEN DAYS
 
EMAIL MMOP TO ENQUIRE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING

>>> Browse down for other ways to explore the Museum . . . <<<

 
THESE SPECIAL INTEREST JUMP PAGES MAY MATCH YOUR THEME What's your interest?
Typography
& Design__
D.T.P. or_
Word Proc
Book___
History__
Media &_
Editing__
Self____
Printing
Print___
Making_
Typo____
Glossary
Letterpress
Freak____
 
EXPLORE THESE DIRECT LINKS TO KEY AREAS
WHAT WE HAVE
OUR COLLECTION PAGES
WHAT WE OFFER
OUR PROGRAM PAGES
WHO WE ARE
PAGES ABOUT US
DIRECT LINKS TO KEY PAGES . . .
MACHINERY PAGES STUDENT PROGRAMS CONTACT US
FOUNT PAGES YOU CAN USE OUR PRESSES! OUR HISTORY
ARTEFACTS, HAND TOOLS OPEN TO PUBLIC? VOLUNTEERING
COLLECTION INDEX PROGRAM INDEX INDEX ABOUT US
 
AN OVERVIEW OF SOME ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION INDEX:
  • MACHINERY
    • PRINTING
    • TYPESETTING
    • OTHER
  • FOUNTS
    • HAND-SET TYPE
    • LINE-CASTING MATS
      • LINOTYPE
      • LUDLOW
    • TYPE-CASTING MATS
      • MONOTYPE COMP
      • MONOTYPE LARGE
      • THOMPSON
    • FOUNTS FOR PHOTOSETTING
  • NON-MECHANICAL EQUIPMENT
    • STORAGE CABINETRY
    • HAND TOOLS
    • CONSUMABLES, MATERIALS
  • ARTEFACTS
    • SAVED TYPESET JOBS
    • ENGRAVINGS
    • STEREOTYPES
    • ARTWORK, NEGATIVES
    • LITHO PLATES
    • FINISHED PRINT JOBS
  • LIBRARIES
    • BOOKS AS ARTEFACTS
    • BOOKS ABOUT PRINTING, TYPOGRAPHY, LANGUAGE
    • BOOKS, POSTERS, PRINTED IN OUR ACCESS STUDIO
  • BUSINESS RECORDS OF PRINTERS
    • QUOTATIONS AND INVOICES FOR PRINTING
    • GOODS PURCHASED, INVOICES RECEIVED
    • SUPPLY CATALOGS (INK, PAPER, TYPE, MACHINERY)
    • GENERAL BUSINESS DOCUMENTS
  • ANCILLIARY COLLECTIONS
    • COMPUTERS AND SOFTWARE
    • OFFICE EQUIPMENT
    • TELEGRAPHY, TELEPHONY ITEMS
 
OTHER WAYS TO NAVIGATE (2)
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SITE MAP
If you're learning the language of printing, an easy way to navigate our many indexes and destinations.
VIRTUAL TOUR
See our collections, programs and links. You can get off anywhere for a closer look!
 
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Museum_
Things__
Other___
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Map___
Typo____
Glossary
Virtual__
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As at 20220126
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