Hi Kieran - I'm a print enthusiast too & I live in Bingham, just outside Newark - I have a small cast iron Albion printing press that you are welcome to come & look at, photograph & take measurements off if you like - send me a PM and arrange to come over. The design hasn't changed all that much since Tudor times, plus for various reasons I have lots of metal type you could practice with till you get some authenti type cast.
I also have a spare platten - the lumpy flat bit that gets pressed down onto the type (you can tell I'm up on all the technical bits, can't you
) - but made out of MDF, wax & wood, ready to be cast into iron - it was a CDT project for an ex of mine a very long time ago - if it was any help you could borrow it & cast a copy for your press.
As Will (LHEE above) says, him & Jack are useful people to know
Oh and I've just remembered - believe it or not I have a kit for making a replica Caxton press upstairs in the attic!!! It's a scale working model apparently, I bought it on ebay from America with visions of doing what you say - taking it round to schools - I'm an artist working in schools & I was in a school in Leicester doing printmaking with 60 x 10 year olds on Thursday last week! But needless to say, its still in the attic...
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