Letterpress On Board

Southern Rail train passengers travelling from London Victoria to Brighton over the first weekend in May are being offered a unique opportunity to enjoy some onboard entertainment, courtesy of a letterpress on wheels.

Theo Wang and Tom Boulton are a dapper pair of designers who make up The Society Of Revisionist Typographers (SORT), a design studio dedicated to creating beautiful modern type design with a wholehearted commitment to the craft of Letterpress. As the 10.20am train leaves London Victoria for Brighton on Saturday 7 May, Theo and Tom will be patrolling the carriages with an on-board printing press trolley, presenting passengers with specially designed letterpress prints to take away for free. The event continues on services throughout the day and will be repeated on Sunday 8. This flamboyant act of typographic theatre offers a great way for passengers to start their journey to the Brighton Festival (taking place 7 – 29 May), and a must-see for any type and letterpress enthusiasts.

Timings are as follows:

Saturday 7 May:

10.20: London Victoria – Hassocks (arr 11.07) – Brighton (arr 11.16)
11:58 : Brighton – London Victoria (arr 12.45)
13.20 : London Victoria – Hassocks (arr 14.07) – Brighton (arr 14.16)
14.28 : Brighton – Hassocks (arr 14.36) – Brighton (arr 15.25)
15.50 : London Victoria – Brighton (arr 16.46)

Sunday 8 May:

10.14: Brighton – London Victoria (arr 11.31)
12.06: London Victoria – Brighton (arr 13.06)
13.35: Brighton – London Victoria (arr 14.35)
15.06: London Victoria – Brighton (arr 16.06)
16.35: Brighton – London Victoria (ar 17.35)

Letterpress on Board is just one of many events taking place throughout May as part of the Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft’s wider ‘Village of Type’ programme. The Village of Type events include The Big Steam Print (involving a 12.5-tonne vintage steamroller and contributions from well-known artists), Interrobang (an international showcase of letterpress which is shown as part of the Artists Open Houses festival), and a month-long international artist residency with Viktoriya Grabowska in association with the British Council.

The events celebrate the centenary of one of Ditchling’s most widely-known contributions to typography – Edward Johnston’s world famous typeface for the London Underground. We are offering London visitors a chance to see rare original drafts of the Underground and Gill Sans typefaces in its exhibition ‘Underground: 100 Years of Edward Johnston’s Lettering for London’ (12 March – 11 September 2016).