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Juniper Press

Juniper Press, who designed, composited and printed The Brunswick Prison Camp Map Printers is situated in a beautiful oval windowed 2nd storey room at The Bluecoat Liverpool. It is a print studio and learning facility set up by Ken Burnley who is now retired from a lifetime in printing. He started as an apprentice to my father at Tinlings in Prescot, Lancashire, my father being the instigator and operator of the Brunswick Press in Oflag79 when a POW. Ken knew nothing of my father’s prisoner of war experience when I met him in 2014, and it is through our first meeting and subsequent conversations and friendship that this project has come about. Hence the descriptive quotation before the first chapter page:

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“Lives, time & chance…..”

In addition to a Twitter page we now have a Facebook page in preparation for the book launch on the Sunday 26th March 2017, to be held, appropriately enough, at The Bluecoat, Liverpool.

Happy New Year.

As it’s now 2017, and the project this site refers to will be launched in March this year, I resolve to update this blog with related news, progress, information and images.

My father died in 1992, and throughout my childhood and  up until then, his maps and the evidence of the story of his POW printing press sat in a manilla envelope in a folder in a chest of drawers. The only visible evidence was one of the ceramic plates (with a crack in it) with the map drawn painstakingly in improvised inks in reverse framed alongside one of the maps printed from it.

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In the two consecutive houses my parents lived in over 40 years, it was hanging rather modestly in a corridor or landing, and not given much prominence. He was a modest man.

Very occasionally he mentioned an incident or recalled someone from when he was “in the bag”, as he used to refer to prisoner of war camp, and even less occasionally opened the manilla folder and pulled the maps out, but I remember him doing so as a child, and they were part of his story for my sister and I.

When he died they came to me, and I gave a set to the British Library, but for the most part they remained in the manilla envelope with other information and documentation that I had subsequently put together in one place.

It has been an extraordinary little story of my own, one full of coincidences, enthusiasm and kindness, that has led to the production of this letterpress limited edition book and its facsimile edition; a story that has really opened my eyes and made me aware of the sheer imagination, resourcefulness and persistence under adverse conditions that he was able to muster, and, characteristically, mustered in order to benefit others for whom escape was their sole aim.

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We never knew whether anyone made it home with the aid of these maps; maybe 70+ years on another story will emerge as a result of taking the maps from their dusty manilla envelope and presenting them to the world in a way that would have delighted my father.

Further links to the Brunswick Printers…

Although there is not a lot of information about my father, Philip Radcliffe-Evans, and the Brunswick Printers there is some on the internet. My father died in 1992, so left no trace on line, and for all his post-war life, the maps and documents, photographs etc., remained in a cardboard box in a drawer, only to be taken out very. very occasionally.

After he died, I donated  a set of the original maps to the British Library where they are now curated and where they have had an online presence for the last 15 years or so. The Brunswick Printers also feature on a website run by Keith Morley called The Escape Line which focuses on escape and evasion experiences in WWII. Both these give some further back ground and maybe of interest.

Welcome to The Brunswick Prison Camp Map Printers hand-press book project…

I am hoping that by making this simple website that we can firstly make people aware of the story of the Brunswick Printers and the uniquely extraordinary achievement of building and resourcing a successful clandestine press under hostile and adverse conditions. Secondly, that it becomes a way of spreading the news about how this book came about through the craft, skill and love for his profession that Ken Burnley of Juniper Press has put into its creation.

The hand printed edition will be limited to 150 copies, available in Spring 2017, and news of the launch and availability will be posted here.

There will also be a digitally reproduced facsimile edition of 300 copies at a cost rather less than the hand-press edition. Prices have yet to be decided, and again, they will be posted here, along with contact and purchase information.

The Brunswick Prison Camp Map Printers genuinely is part of history: WWII history, prisoner of war experience history, printing history, part of the history of cartography and also part of the history of lives lived and the coincidences and chance meetings that all lives contain.

I will update this page with further posts as from today, early November 2016, as the book nears completion at Juniper Press in Liverpool. I will also be creating dedicated Facebook and Twitter pages with links to this site.