New exhibition celebrates historic printers

11/05/2017, PR8555

A new exhibition highlighting the history of a printing company in Pontefract opens in the town's museum this month.

The Holmes print works was in business from the 1870s until the 1990s and published the town's local newspaper, the Pontefract Advertiser, as well as producing many different types of posters.

The history of the former print works is being celebrated this summer at Pontefract Museum with an exhibition running from May 13 until December. The exhibition includes a selection of historic posters and newspaper adverts produced by Holmes printers, which give a fascinating insight into everyday life in Pontefract over the past 100 years.

Cllr Garbutt launches new exhibition at Pontefract Museum

Wakefield Council’s Cllr Pat Garbutt, who is a Cabinet Member and Chair of the Pontefract Town Heritage Initiative Grants Board, said: "For more than 100 years the Holmes printers played an important part of life in Pontefract.  This exhibition is great way to celebrate the work they did and the variety of posters and other items they produced."

The former print works building in Gillygate is currently being renovated with a grant from the Pontefract Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

 The exhibition is a joint event by the Pontefract THI and Wakefield Museums.

The THI has funded the repair of a number of other key historic buildings in Pontefract's town centre on Gillygate, Ropergate and Market Place over the past six years.

The THI scheme is co-funded by Wakefield Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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