The Type Archive holds the National Typefounding Collection, purchased with grants from the National Heritage Memorial Fund; broadly comprising 1. the typefounding materials of the Sheffield typefounders, Stephenson Blake; 2. the hot-metal archive and plant of the Monotype Corporation; and 3. the Woodletter pattern collection and plant of Robert DeLittle.


Gunnlaugur SE Briem is a designer, handwriting guru and occasional publisher

Friday 29 June to Monday 16 July

The catalogue can be downloaded free of charge from

Please book your ticket at Eventbrite. We welcome donations for the restoration and upkeep of the Type Archive's extensive library.


The Type Archive is home to the art of printed words. We hold an amazing collection of letterpress fonts in metal and wood which celebrates the joy of printing: the craft that has served as the fundamental basis of modern civilisation and graphic design.

Mondays and Fridays: 10–17
Saturdays: 11–17, Sundays: 11–16
Closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.



While modern typefoundries are entirely digital ( the Type Archive's collection spans the nearly 600 year period when the foundry cut letters in steel, drove them into brass blanks, and cast lead type from them in molten lead.



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