Printing and typography museum, Grignan, France

Over on my Posterous blog I recently gave a brief ramble about an intriguing little museum we found when on holiday in France. Nestled in the centre of the village of Grignan, in the south of France was l’atelier-mus??e de l’imprimerie & de la typographie, or the working museum of printing and typography. I think it’s run by a printing / typography organisation called Colophon.

It was very quiet, pretty small and mainly full of very large printing and typewriting machines of various kinds. There’s a few photos here. I kind of got the impression they were trying to encourage people to play with the things but also had disclaimers due to the dangerous nature of some of the equipment, so it was a bit confusing. I was also a bit foxed by the first object we saw:

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All in all though, a lovely place to potter round, with a great shop at the end featuring many books relating to typography and design (lots of great kids books), and some works printed by the artist in residence there who has a studio on onefloor and seems ready to chat through his work.

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