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To complement our workshops and help you get more from your visit and classroom learning we are producing a set of resources providing background information and featuring items from our collections.

These are all produced as PDFs for you to download - let us know what you think!

First Impressions: How printing began

The PDF below is an introduction to printed books. It looks at how books are printed, where printing started and the early pioneers of the printed word. Great for a background to printing, looking at inventors or the spread of language.

See also this interactive website created as part of the First Impressions project about the history of printing:

Children's University of Manchester

The Children’s University of Manchester has some great interactive resources available.