Deliver us from evil
The shot above is of a piece of metal type onto which the Lord's Prayer has been cast. The surface area is about 4mm x 4mm – you could get it onto a 1st Class stamp twenty times over. We were given it as a souvenir of a visit to the fantastic Type Museum in Kennington around eight years ago. But it now looks like the museum is under threat of dismemberment:
"The Type Museum in Kennington is looking like it might finally close, beginning with all its contents being moved from the museum into storage, and then the eventual break-up of the collection. Please help us prevent this from happening. The Type Museum has successfuly collected a large proportion of all the definitive historical materials relating to the art, design and manufacturing production in Britain of the typefaces in which the world's languages are communicated and recorded. This collection has been closed for two years and needs re-opening to public access, educational and scholarly use – not broken up or put into storage as is curently being proposed. The Type Museum's collections need exhibiting, curatorial and conservation development and educational workshops – not storage. This legacy is vital for the quality of education of future generations of communicators in which Britain has frequently led the world. We appeal for resources to restore and safeguard educational access to these collections."
And hey, if you know of any individual, or company, that might be able to help, drop them the link to this post. The Type Museum is a Very Good Thing – it should be saved.
posted: 16 July 2008