Revamped press museum ready to roll

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FORMER assistant printer to Oxford University Richard Russell joined 60 guests at the opening of the revamped OUP museum.

The attraction at the Walton Street street building brings in about 3,000 people a year.

But staff wanted more visitors to see the publishing industry exhibits and a six-figure sum was spent on a revamp.

Mr Russell, pictured, officially opened the refubished museum on Monday in front of guests including Lord Mayor Alan Armitage.

Mr Russell said: “I am delighted that our printing heritage has been so well presented in this new museum.”

The attraction, first created in the 1990s, includes displays on OUP buildings, types dating back to the 17th century, Lewis Carroll ’s Alice in Wonderland and the Oxford English Dictionary.

It also features printing equipment, a 19th century printing press, and access to OUP’s latest publications online.

The refurbishment includes new activity stations, cases and panels and the museum is open from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday.

All visitors are joined by a member of staff and anyone wishing to visit the museum must book a time slot in advance.

l To arrange a trip to the museum, which has an entrance in Great Clarendon Street, visit the website oup.com/archives or ring 01865 353527.

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6:34pm Wed 12 Sep 12

ger elttil OX2 0EJ says...

What a shame the museum does not mention all of the PRINTERS and BINDERS that they sacked so that they could send all the work to HONG KONG to be done on the cheap. How can the call themselves OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS when they do not have a press, it is only a publishing house now, and none of the printers and binders will have anything to do with it. Another betrayal of the workers by The University.
What a shame the museum does not mention all of the PRINTERS and BINDERS that they sacked so that they could send all the work to HONG KONG to be done on the cheap. How can the call themselves OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS when they do not have a press, it is only a publishing house now, and none of the printers and binders will have anything to do with it. Another betrayal of the workers by The University. ger elttil OX2 0EJ

6:43pm Wed 12 Sep 12

ger elttil OX2 0EJ says...

I wish the reporter of this "press release/advertising feature" had their name and phone number on it, because I could give them the real story about OUP. The persecution of union workers, the sackings, and the eventual disposal of human beings at the cheapest possible option. Not to mention the eviction of people who lived in press houses in Jericho and Jordan Hill. Good on you OUP.
I wish the reporter of this "press release/advertising feature" had their name and phone number on it, because I could give them the real story about OUP. The persecution of union workers, the sackings, and the eventual disposal of human beings at the cheapest possible option. Not to mention the eviction of people who lived in press houses in Jericho and Jordan Hill. Good on you OUP. ger elttil OX2 0EJ

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