The National Print Museum collects, documents, preserves, exhibits, interprets and makes accessible the material evidence of the printing crafts and associated skills in Ireland since the introduction of printing from moveable type in the sixteenth century. It was opened in 1996 and its collection now totals more than 10,000 objects. It includes a hand-operated press by Hopkinson & Cope of London, Linotype machines, Monotype casters and Heidelberg printing machines. The museum holds large numbers of blocks, metal and wooden type fonts and photographs, and also displays the products of the printing industry, books, pamphlets, magazines and posters. The collection includes one of the original posters proclaiming the Irish Republic issued during the Easter Rising of 1916, and a Wharfedale machine similar to that on which it was printed. The museum maintains a lively programme of practical activities during which participants can learn about letterpress printing, calligraphy, book-binding and colour etching.