Fears over future of print museum

Plans announced to demolish Norwich home of unique collection

Fears have been expressed over the future of a printing museum in Norwich after landlords submitted plans to demolish it.

Site owners Jarrold Group want to build houses, apartments, offices and a hotel on the former printworks site in Barrack Street in September, which also houses the Jarrold Printing Museum.

Created in 1982, the museum reflects on Jarrold’s time as a printer and publisher in the 19th and 20th centuries. It contains letterpress and lithography items among many others.

But the Association of European Printing Museums and the Norwich Society is worried about what will happen to the museum’s items when the building is demolished. The Norwich Society said: “What will happen to the collections which enable people to study and be inspired by the history of printing? We trust they will be found a suitable replacement home.”

But a spokesperson for the Jarrold Group said no decisions had been made and that they recognised its important place in Norwich’s history. “We can confirm the redevelopment plans will affect the current museum site” they said.

“We are in discussion will all parties on how best to ensure the history and heritage held within the museum is best conserved and displayed in the future."





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