Skills Transfer Programme

Skills Transfer Programme

Alf McCormack printing on the Heidelberg Platen
Photo by Ruth Carden

In collaboration with Meath County Council and Creative Ireland, the National Print Museum is delighted to announce the return of “Making our Impression”, Skills Transfer Programme.

“Making our impression” is an innovative programme that aims to include the widest audience possible in the preservation of the nation’s printing heritage – listed in our National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The Museum’s panel of retired printers and compositors share their specialist knowledge and skills with an identified group of younger generation, who in turn commit to passing the craft on to younger generations.

In 2019, the Museum worked with Creative Ireland to deliver the hugely significant training project – the first step in the formal transfer of skills from one generation to another. Together with Meath County Council, the Museum and Creative Ireland are now moving to a second level of skills training. Meath County Council and Kells Printing Works were participants in 2019 and have now come on board as collaborators in a shared approached to preservation of this important craft.

Pens are fixed to a carriage on a Shaw Pen Ruling machine
Photo by Ruth Carden


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