The History of Typography / ONASSIS CULTURAL CENTRE

The History of Typography

Have you always been curious about the way your schoolbooks and the books you love to read are printed? If so, this is your workshop.

NOV 2018 – MAY 2019
Onassis Library (Amalias Avenue 56)
For pupils of the fifth and sixth year of primary school and secondary students
Can you imagine how difficult it used to be to get a book? Spreading knowledge was hard and incredibly expensive. All that was before Gutenberg invented mass produced type, i.e. the mechanical reproduction of texts on paper. Would you like to know how he did it?
Cost: Free admission
This is the time-capsule workshop. Because we are about to travel to the 15th century, when books were not easily available. That is when Johannes Gutenberg came up with one of the most significant inventions in the world. He invented mechanical printing, the way we print on paper, an invention that paved the way to education, science and culture.

Here, in the Library, you can actually see from up close a copy of the first work he produced, the Bible. In consists of two volumes of exceptional technique and typography and it is an object that will help you and your classmates to understand the importance of the art of printing.

Then, we will visit the printing shop of a contemporary Gutenberg together and he will show us how he prints a book from beginning to end, even how he melts the metal in a small pot to shape it into a letter. At the end, there will be a small present for you. A little stamp with your own name.


Konstantinos Staikos: Book historian – architect
Nikolaos Vozikis: Publisher – printer/typographer

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Addressed to:
Students of the fifth and sixth year of primary school and secondary students

November 2018-May 2019


Onassis Library (56 Amalias Ave., Athens) and Nikolaos Vozikis printing shop (Zinodorou 17, Kolonos – Athens)

Free admission

Application and selection process:
Schools in Attiki can apply by sending an email until 15 October 2018. 
Applications should be sent to, with "Onassis Library-Schools" in the subject line, and include the title of the workshop being applied for, the number of students, and the school website. 
Replies will be sent out by 1 November 2018. 
The school groups selected will be able to take part in one workshop each.
Applications will be processed on a first-come first-served basis. 
T. 210 3713000

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