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History in Film – Banging Out Ceremony

Last summer we blogged about the rather bizarre tradition of the Banging Out Ceremony. Upon the completion of their rigorous training, print apprentices were doused with various kinds of ink and print waste materials by their colleagues, before being paraded through their factories and towns in an outlandish community-building initiation that would never pass today. This bygone tradition dated back to the Fleet Street newspaper factories, when retirees were given the same treatment whilst being serenaded by the sound of banging tools – hence the name of ‘banging out.’

We were delighted to find that the banging out ceremony we mentioned in our blog last year, was actually captured on film in the reels that we are using for our history in film series.