The mobile printing station travels across the geographical spread of The Hop Project, from inner-city Birmingham to rural Herefordshire, following the historical migratory routes of hop pickers. It develops the project’s interest in historical and contemporary workers’ movements by allowing the general public to produce prints relating to the history of work-related migration in the West Midlands. As the project moves from east to west, printing plates will be produced in response to stories in each geographical location. Beginning in Handsworth, a location at the centre of the industrial revolution and a hub of contemporary migration today, printing plates include the ‘Black Patch’ Handsworth and the 18th century Soho Manufactory (the biggest factory in the world).
The Mobile Printing Station also featured as part of our projects in Balsall Heath and Handsworth.