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meet the art of medieval printing

Theme days: 6-12 August.

On August 6 to 12, we focus on the art of printing.

Our staff and volunteers are talented and passionate people, and some of them specialize in amazing topics. Jorge, who is the marketing manager of the Medieval Center, has a passion for the early forms of printing.

This led him to, together with one of our other employees, the interpreter Ben Woldring, to make a reconstruction of a late 15th-century printing press. There are no surviving medieval printing presses, no drawings or other documentation of how they were built, and it is, therefore, difficult to reconstruct one. This press is based on drawings and records from the 16th century and is the best possible bid for what an early printing press looked like, just like the one that Guttenberg might have used in the 1450s.

Jorge has already printed several books using his printing press, and the whole process, the motivation behind and the sources can be read more about on his Instagram @preloprints or the website www.preloprints.com.

 

There are not many reconstructions of the early printing presses in the world, and it is therefore quite unique that we can showcase this - and that it can be seen in use.

 

The attentive reader will probably think that a late 15th-century printing press and Sundkøbing anno 1412 are not entirely up to date - and that is quite correct. But we think it's such an amazing craft, an exciting historical process that revolutionized the western world and culture, and a unique opportunity for our guests to experience the press in use, that this week we allow an anachronism.

 

We will therefore clear the workshop where the tailor usually works so that the printing press can be installed during this week. 

During the week the printer will demonstrate how the press works and how Gutenberg's new techniques revolutionized book production in the Middle Ages.

program Saturday 6 august

10:00

10:30 - 11:30

12:00

14:00

14:30 - 15:30

15:00

16:00

The Medieval Center opens

The Archery range is open

Firing of the trebuchet

Knights tournament

The Archery range is open

Canons

The Medieval Center closes

We reserve the right to make changes to the program, so keep an eye on this page for more information.

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