Scotland’s Printing Industry Heritage

The Scot­tish Print­ing Archival Trust pro­motes inter­est in the his­to­ry of the Scot­tish print­ing indus­try, which is one of Scotland’s old­est.

The Trust will reach its 30th anniver­sary in 2018: it was formed in 1988 to con­serve ‘knowl­edge and exam­ples of Scotland’s print­ing her­itage for the ben­e­fit of the pub­lic and print/media edu­ca­tion’.

Although the Trust does not hold any archival col­lec­tions itself, we work with insti­tu­tions across Scot­land to ensure that print­ing archives and arte­facts are not lost. For more infor­ma­tion about any aspect of the Trust’s work, please con­tact the Hon­orary Sec­re­tary, use the con­tact form or fol­low us on Twit­ter.

Current activities

Thanks to the gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship of the John Wat­son Foun­da­tion, the Trust is devel­op­ing a pro­gramme of events. These includ­ed guid­ed walks look­ing at areas of Edin­burgh asso­ci­at­ed with the print­ing indus­try, and arrang­ing train­ing work­shops on tra­di­tion­al let­ter­press skills. There is more infor­ma­tion on our Projects page.

Future events will be announced on this web­site, or you can fol­low us on Twit­ter.

Mechanical to digitalPublications

The Trust pub­lish­es books on the Scot­tish print­ing indus­try, most recent­ly Mechan­i­cal to Dig­i­tal Print­ing in Scot­land by the late John Gen­nard, chart­ing the 100 year his­to­ry of the Scot­tish print employ­ers’ organ­i­sa­tion, in asso­ci­a­tion with Graph­ic Enter­prise Scot­land.

You can buy any of the Trust’s pub­li­ca­tions through our online shop or down­load an order form to order offline.

Mate­r­i­al from this web­site should not be repro­duced with­out per­mis­sion.