“The digital age has removed us from the hands-on, tactile art of printing,” says University of Plymouth's letterpress technician Paul Collier. But the traditional practice of letterpress printing is alive and well at Plymouth.
The University has one of the UK’s last moveable-type printing workshops, where students can learn a traditional craft that‘s proven it has enduring appeal.
Captain Robert Falcon Scott
Named after Captain Robert Falcon Scott, CVO (6 June 1868 - c29 March 1912) born in Plymouth, was a Royal Navy Officer and explorer, who led two expeditions of scientific exploration to the then unknown Antarctic Continent: the Discovery Expedition, 1901-1904, and the Terra Nova Expedition, 1910-1913. The Terra Nova Expedition carried out the most comprehensive scientific programme yet undertaken in the Antarctic. Scott also led a party of five which reached the South Pole on 17 January 1912, only to find they had been preceded by Roald Amundsen's Norwegian expedition. On their return journey Scott and his four comrades all perished from a combination of exhaustion, starvation and extreme cold. Findings from this Expedition were the first to support the theory of Continental Drift, and many of the records are still being used in science today.