DeLittle Collection: Over 100 Years of Crafting Wood Type in York

Thursday 17th November 2022 - Sunday 3rd December 2023 29-31 Coney Street
DeLittle Vine Street


DeLittle was one of only a few wood letter manufacturers in the UK, based on Vine Street in York. View part of the Type Archive’s unique DeLittle Collection at the StreetLife Hub and celebrate this extraordinary part of York’s print and design heritage.


Founded in York under the name of the Eboracum Letter Factory in 1888, DeLittle’s was one of the UK’s leading wood letter manufacturers, and the last manufacturer of wooden type in Britain before it closed its doors in 1998.

In the late 1990s the entire stock and contents of the DeLittle factory was transferred to The Type Archive in London with the aim of becoming a working archive.

We are pleased to welcome core elements of the DeLittle Collection to the StreetLife Hub — currently on loan to the University of York — including Robert James DeLittle’s hand-crafted office, an unusual pantograph, and a wood letter delivery cart once used to wheel type around York.


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