Friary Villas | 2-3 Friary Street | Derby | DE1 1JF | 07948 266652



Zantium workshop

Learn the intricacies of letterpress printing, typography, and bookbinding at our heritage print and design studio in the heart of Derby, Derbyshire or find out how we can come to you!

These workshops can be bought for yourself, or you can choose to treat someone else, in which case we will send you a physical gift certificate or gift voucher to give to the lucky recipient.

Using our collection of wooden poster type and original metal fonts the Smallprint Company offer unique letterpress printing experiences from typesetting and printing to experimental typography and poster printing.

With our extensive knowledge of the heritage craft of letterpress we can help you to develop your skills in design and printing, whether you want to learn the basics of typesetting and composing or fancy more advanced tuition we can tailor our courses to your requirements.

Browse the courses below and get in touch if you would like to find out more or book. We don’t offer set dates so workshops are available at a mutually convenient time.




These courses are on hold for the time being.

We practise two traditional stitch methods for binding pages, using a decorative stitch, and offer workshops in each technique:


Japanese Stab Binding
Decorative stitch on the spine.

Coptic Binding
Decorative stitch on the spine that enables the book to fold out completely flat.

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Regular Letterpress

Composing text

Scheduled letterpress workshops for everyone:


Print a Poster
A short, fun taster session with great results.

Typography Print
Dedicated to the art of typesetting and printing. These are timetabled once a month; on a Thursday evening and a Saturday afternoon over 3 or 4 hours.

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Bespoke Letterpress


For one-to-one and private group instruction select a workshop below and arrange a format, date and time to suit you.


Adana Workshops
Bring your own Adana with you for a truly bespoke workshop.

Introduction to Letterpress Workshops
Focus on the technical aspects of the craft.

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Group Workshops

Hen Party Experience

Enjoy fun-filled, inky hours in our vintage press-filled studio, with colleagues, family and friends.


Wedding Workshops
Spend some time together in our studio printing your own Save the Dates with your partner or book a laid-back, creative hen or stag do for a memorable afternoon!

– Ask about our children’s and adult’s party packages!

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We come to you…

Industrial Heritage at Nottingham Industrial Museum

We offer unique, customisable workshops and team building experiences for businesses, organisations, schools and private groups. Ask us about travelling to your venue!

Email us at to discuss and book.