Title ID 7245Collection ID876
Title[Amberley: Printing Press]
Date[5 April 1997]
CollectionB. C. Suter
Genre/TypeAmateurIndependent AmateurNon-fictionActuality/Factual
ThemeWorking Life Rural Life
KeywordsTrades Workers Visual Arts Cultural Heritage Handicrafts
RegionalWest Sussex
NationalEngland United Kingdom
ProductionB. C. Suter
CameraB. C. Suter
FormatColour Sound
Duration3 min. 50 sec.
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details


Scenes compiled for a documentary on the workings of Amberley Museum by amateur film-maker B. C. Suter. A volunteer at Amberley Museum demonstrates how to print a design from a copper etching plate using a printing press. A technique originally used from the 15th Century. The woman explains her process to camera. This film has been partially edited, so contains breaks in the action and repeats in shots/narrative.


A woman stands at a work bench, lifting a copper etching plate to the camera. "It is an early method of printing first used in the fifteenth century", she explains. "Lines are bitten into the surface of the copper and the ink is wiped from the surface, leaving ink in the lines for printing". She begins to ink up the plate on the warmer, showing it to the camera before wiping the ink away with a piece of muslin. She places the plate onto the printing press before laying on a piece of damp paper with a piece of card (known as an 'artificial finger'). She lays a protective piece between the damp paper and the blankets before turning the wheel of the press and lifting the print from the plate. She begins the demonstration once more, inking up the plate and wiping again. This footage relates to the film 'Amberley: A Working Museum', produced by Mr. Suter. These scenes show further takes that were not included in the final edit of one of the longer final films..