– Talk by Paul and Francis Atterbury.
Following the very popular talk by Francis Atterbury on Westerham Press in 2014 we have managed to persuade Francis to come back and talk to us again, accompanied by brother Paul of ‘Antiques Roadshow’ fame. This should be a fascinating talk as they will discuss their memories of growing up in Westerham as Rowley Atterbury set up Westerham Press from the garage in Buckham Thorns. Both sons will discuss their emerging lives in Westerham, and Rowley’s influence, as their father developed a pioneering print business that developed exponentially from the Sergeant’s Mess building in post war Biggin Hill Aerodrome, to High Street Westerham and finally to the purpose built Westerham Press industrial production works opposite the railway station. They will be able to give us their insight into the ‘Westerham Press’ story, with all the wonderful people involved, and how the family reacted to the subsequent sale of the flagship and the impact this had on their own development. Francis and Paul Atterbury are now both very well established in successful careers for themselves, which they will outline, and reveal the influence their parents had on their career directions. This should be a most entertaining evening with many anecdotes and the chance to ask questions of both Francis and Paul in their formative years. Rowley Atterbury, founder of the Westerham Press Rowley Atterbury, worked as a typographer and printer using innovative techniques. In 1950 he founded the Westerham Press, employing some of the most advanced colour-reproduction techniques as well as implementing forward-looking management practices.