The History of Print

The National Print Museum, (Músaem Náisiúnta Cló) based on Haddington Road in Dublin 4, collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of printing craft and fosters associated skills of the craft in Ireland. It aims to increase awareness of the fascinating history and skills of the printing craft. It is committed to providing a range of opportunities for lifelong learning for the discovery and enjoyment of Irelands printing heritage.

You can bring your pupils to the museum on a school trip to explore the ancient world of printing. Pupils can travel back in time to experience what it would have been like to be a young trainee printer – trying their hand at some traditional hand-setting and printing using an old printing press, making and decorating their very own printer’s hat, learning hands-on how many of the old machines used to work. They can also learn about Johann Gutenberg, the inventor of the printing press, and how newspapers, books and posters were made before computers.

The Museum is open Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday, 2pm to 5pm. The tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and the cost per child is just €2 with group leaders free of charge. To book a tour contact Aoife McGonigle, Education Officer, on (01) 6603770; Email:; Web:

History of Printing Resource

The History of Printing resource gives the teacher background information on the history and process of printing and print making. It gives the teacher directions on print-based activities that can be carried out in the classroom. It also has photocopiable activity sheets as well as suggestions for further reading and more resources.

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This resource has been made available to Seomra Ranga with the kind permission of The National Print Museum. ( The National Print Museum retains the copyright of the resource. The resource is for educational use only and may not be reproduced on any other website or in any other publication without the permission of the National Print Museum.