The Tom Paine Printing Press
The Tom Paine Printing Press is Peter Chasseaud’s project to set up a working 18th Century style wooden Common Press in Lewes, Sussex. This press, has been operational from July 2009. It prints artists’ and writers’ own works, and is also open to the public for demonstrations and courses, by appointment.
In July 2009 Lewes staged a big festival to commemorate the bicentenary of Paine’s death, and The Tom Paine Printing Press was on show and fully working in the town’s historic Market Tower. The Press has since moved to a new location at 151 High Street, where it shares the space with Press Gallery.
Peter Chasseaud is an artist, writer and producer of artist’s books who has lived in Lewes since 1973. He has been a member of the Headstrong Club (founded in 1987 on the 250th anniversary of Paine’s birth) for 21 years, has served on its committee for many years, and was a founder-member of the Tom Paine Project in 2000.
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Alan May – Construction of the Common Press
Lewes District Council
The Tom Paine Project – Education programme support
Gloucester Typesetting – Caslon Old Face typesetting
Paul Myles – Tom Paine and Lewes; festival publicity
Andy Gammon – Press furniture
Peter Flanagan – Website
Les Ellis – Letterpress training: compositor & press work
Patrick Robey – Letterpress support
Alex Leith – Viva Lewes