St Bride Adana exhibition

Start date: Thursday, January 26, 2023

End date: Monday, April 24, 2023

An exhibition marking 100 years since the founding of Adana is running from now to 24 April 2023, with the public invited to join a private view on 9 February.

The print and design foundation is hosting a substantial collection of Adana promotional material and presses, assembled by Bob Richardson, the foundation’s library, learning and interpretation officer.

The exhibition includes catalogues, posters, instruction manuals and photographs, and presses from the 1920s onwards, including the Adana 1A, the ‘45 shilling machine’, the High Speed #1, and the post-WW2 Showcard poster press. 

The presses were designed as economical, single-operator letterpress machines, and at times saw considerable success both for hobbyists and commercially.

All are welcome to attend a private view on 9 February or an open talk on 31 January, at both of which Richardson will speak about the material and presses he has collected for the exhibition, as well as Adana’s enigmatic founder, Donald Aspinall.

Tickets for the 31 January talk can be bought here; RSVP for the private view by emailing by 27 January.

The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm, though the foundation has urged those wanting to visit to get in touch beforehand to make sure the exhibition space will be open.

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