Stop press event at Fakenham Museum

IAN CLARKE Fakenham Museum is holding a special exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of the closing of The Fakenham Press.

IAN CLARKE

Fakenham Museum is holding a special exhibition to mark the 25th anniversary of the closing of The Fakenham Press.

The Fakenham printing works could trace its origins back to the mid 19th century and for many years was the town's largest employer.

Beginning as a family firm of Miller, Son & Company it was eventually bought by Wyman & Sons and then Cox & Wyman before becoming The Fakenham Press.


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The Wharfedale Works, as it was once known, produced books that were sold the world over. The company employed nearly 600 workers at one time, two or three generations of a family worked there and the company built houses for many of them.

On Saturday, April 7, there will be a special open afternoon when any former staff or anyone who was connected with the works are invited to the museum to view the display and to meet up with former colleagues. The afternoon will start at 2pm when the former works manager at the Wharfedale Works for many years, will unveil the exhibition.

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Local authors Jim Baldwin and Mark Baldwin will be on hand to sign copies of their book “A Good Impression” which tells the story of printing in Fakenham, and it is also hoped to have the museum's printing press working.

For further details contact Dr Mike Bridges, the curator, on 01328 863507.

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