Barnard & Westwood played host to HRH The Duke of York, KG last week during his visit to the central London based craft printer. At a time when many traditional print companies are coming under increasing pressure, The Duke was interested to explore Barnard & Westwood’s unique mix of cutting edge technology and traditional craft skills.
Founded some 90 years ago by WWI veteran Albert Reginald Barnard, Barnard & Westwood has held a Royal Warrant from Her Majesty The Queen since 1986, and from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales since January 2012. The company also supplies The Duke of York’s office and other members of his family with printing and bookbinding.
During the visit HRH was keen to learn about the variety of craft skills still employed by the company, and what it was doing to train a new generation of craftsmen. Barnard & Westwood is in the process of taking on three new craft apprentices, who will learn a variety of skills including hand case binding, book restoration and, bespoke presentation cases as well as using processes such as die stamping, letterpress and foil blocking.
“It is important for us to invest in these skills if we hope to have experienced craftsmen for our company in the years to come,” explained Austen Kopley, Barnard & Westwood's Managing Director. “There is also something quite special about being in a position to see that these crafts are passed on to the next generation.”
In addition to traditional craft skills, The Duke was offered an insight into the latest printing technology. Barnard & Westwood has recently installed an S200 photonic printer, made by British company LumeJet. A long-standing supporter of UK engineering, HRH discussed the new technology with Dr Trevor Elworthy, the inventor of the system, and Paul Anson, LumeJet’s Chief Executive Officer.
As he left, The Duke of York unveiled a plaque commemorating his visit, and was presented with a hand finished book about Barnard & Westwood.
[Photo shows LumeJet CEO Paul Anson demonstrating LumeJet ultra-high printing technology to HRH The Duke of York at Barnard & Westwood]