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Kenneth Godfrey 1931–2014

Written by
Colin Buttimer
Published date
03 October 2014

Kenneth Godfrey
Ken Godfrey, much-loved printer and compositor at Central Saint Martins for many years before he retired in 1996 died over the summer.

Born in East London in 1931 Ken attended West Ham College of Art before embarking on a seven-year apprenticeship to become a compositor eventually working at the world renowned Curwen Press. When Curwens closed in 1984 Ken made the move to The Central School of Art & Design working in the Graphics Department helping students typeset their work down in the basement of the Southampton Row building. His endless patience, his joy in sharing his considerable skills and easy-going manner made him popular with staff and students alike.

His legacy lives on in the current CSM letterpress facilities which he protectively oversaw in times of threat. His legacy endures too through the work of members of the current Graphic Communication Design staff team fortunate to have had the opportunity of learning so much from him.