London's Fleet Street has been associated with printers and bookbinders for hundreds of years, ever since Wynkyn de Worde built the capital's first printing press next to St Bride's Church in 1500, laying the foundations for Britain's modern printing industry.
Now, those curious to learn more about London's historic printing district can explore it on foot with the Journeys Through Print audio app, and discover the area's hidden histories as told by the printers themselves.
Combining history, drama and mobile technology, and created for the 2018 Being Human festival, Journeys Through Print was written by Elizabeth Dearnley and playwright Christopher Adams to bring the research of book historian Elizabeth Savage to life. Their app blends the printers' own words with modern reimaginings of these figures, together revealing how they made London into one of the world's great centres of print.
Begin your journey outside St Paul's station and follow the trail marked on the map. As you come to each stop, tap the screen to hear a printer associated with that location tell their story. Discover how Wynkyn de Worde established his bookshop in St Paul's churchyard, how Elizabeth Mallet published Britain's first daily newspaper in 1702, and how Beatrice Warde took the monotype Coporation by storm during the 1920s.
Written and designed by:
Christopher Adams and Elizabeth Dearnley
Research: Elizabeth Savage
App design and development: Trevor Fountain
Photography © Elizabeth Dearnley unless otherwise indicated
Website designed and built with and maybe just a little bit of by Tamsin Dearnley