Scotland’s Printing Industry Heritage

The Scot­tish Print­ing Archival Trust is 30 years old this year. 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’. It pro­motes inter­est in the his­to­ry of the Scot­tish print­ing indus­try, which is one of Scotland’s old­est.

The Trust has a small col­lec­tion of print trade ephemera, and works with insti­tu­tions across Scot­land to ensure that print­ing archives and arte­facts are not lost.


Plans to mark the Trust’s 30th birth­day include a new leaflet on the print­ing indus­try in Glas­gow, a series of guid­ed walks and an exhi­bi­tion on the her­itage of Scotland’s print­ing indus­try. There are guid­ed walks in both the Glas­gow and Edin­burgh Doors Open Day pro­grammes.

Oth­er activ­i­ties, under­tak­en with the gen­er­ous spon­sor­ship of the John Wat­son Foun­da­tion, includ­ed guid­ed walks and train­ing work­shops on tra­di­tion­al let­ter­press skills. There is more infor­ma­tion about these on our Projects page.

Details of any 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 a form to order offline.

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.

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