Artists have secured almost £60,000 worth of funding for a new project to help local people discover the history of printing in Waltham Forest.

Rendezvous Projects has been handed a grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for its project “Lightboxes and Lettering; Printing Industry Heritage in East London”.

The scheme will explore how the printing industry has changed with the arrival of digital technologies, and how newer processes have transformed the everyday lives of print workers.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to take part in artist-led workshops, using some of the processes and exploring the archive material uncovered by volunteers.

The project will culminate in early 2019 with an exhibition and publication, with a website that will document the progress of the project throughout.

Director Lucy Harrison said: “We so pleased to have been awarded this National Lottery grant which will uncover and preserve this important aspect of London’s industrial heritage, and one which is still a major part of the creative industries in east London.”

Rendezvous Projects is a community interest company (CIC) based in Waltham Forest, developing creative ways of exploring social history and providing opportunities for communities to take part in the work.

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