Pressing decision to move heritage machines to new homes

The Rasen Linotype machine which will go on show at Beamish at some point in the future.
The Rasen Linotype machine which will go on show at Beamish at some point in the future.

Rase Heritage Society said goodbye to some of the town’s heritage last week.

After years of trying to find a home in the town for the Linotype hot metal line casting and the Thompson Auto platen printing machines, they have been moved on to new homes.

“It was a sad day to see them go, but as we could not find a home in Market Rasen for these machines it was better than seeing them scrapped,” said Rase Heritage chairman Caroline Foster.

The printing press has gone to Caistor to be restored and will hopefully be displayed somewhere locally in the future.

But the Linotype machine, which had been used in Market Rasen in days gone by, has travelled north to the Beamish open air museum.

Jonathan Kindleysides, Assistant Keeper at Beamish, said: “The linotype press is of a type which was in use in the early 1900s, the period portrayed by The Town at Beamish, and fills a gap in the Museum’s vast collections.

“The press requires some restoration work; we can’t say when it will be on display yet but it will certainly feature in our 5 to 10 year development plan.”

So it could be some time before the piece of Rasen history will be on show, but printing will be the subject of the new display in Rase Heritage Society’s window at Rasen Hub in the near future.

“I would like to thank Beamish and the gentleman in Caistor for rehoming these machines; Hansard Ltd, Travis Perkins, National Printing Heritage Trust and John Jarrold Printing Museum for their help and advise and finally past and present members of Rase Heritage Society for their continuous support over the last five years.”