A little while ago, over on our old blog site, we mentioned that the BBC had popped by to film the presses in action. We were expecting the documentary, Railways: The Making of a Nation to be aired around Christmas-time, but as it happens, it was shown on BBC1 last week.
It’s a fascinating look at the railways in the broader sense, in relation to industry and more specifically, time, capitalism, food and leisure – and it put print at that time, very much into context.
If you’d like to catch the series, it’s showing on BBC1 at 7.30pm on Wednesdays, I believe, or catch it on iPlayer! (Smallprint is about 7 minutes in on the first episode, for those that are interested!)
The BBC4 popped by to film some shots of the presses for a show to be aired around Christmas time recently.
Railways: The Making of a Nation has a lot more to do with letterpress than you (or I) realise! Simply put, industrial centres -towns and burgeoning cities – produce something which in Derby’s case was textiles, and transported their products around the UK using the national rail network. And of course, the rail network depended upon local printers to print their administrative and marketing paperwork amongst other things. Derby being a textile town with a developing railway network had its fair share of local printers to support their empire. It’s good to know that we’re continuing a tradition… but watch the show for a more informed precis!!