Archives for 2012

Print Networks Conference 2013

The thir­­ty-first Print Net­works Con­fer­ence on the His­to­ry of the British book trade will take place at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chich­ester on 23rd-25th July 2013. ‘Trav­el, Topog­ra­phy and the Book Trade’ has been cho­sen as the theme for the con­fer­ence, broad­ly defined. Any papers relat­ing to the pro­duc­tion, dis­tri­b­u­tion and recep­tion of texts and images […]

Bartholomew Exhibition

Putting Scot­land on the Map is the Nation­al Library of Scot­land’s exhi­bi­tion about the world of John Bartholomew and Son, the famous Edin­burgh map print­ing firm. As well as maps and atlases, the exhi­bi­tion includes items from the Bartholomew Archive held in the Library, which doc­u­ments 200 years of the fir­m’s his­to­ry. On 31 January […]

Blairgowrie Printers

The Ericht Trust are appeal­ing for funds to enable the pro­duc­tion of a film about Blair­gowrie Print­ers ‘its peo­ple, how it worked and what it did’. Blair­gowrie Print­ers were the town’s local print­ing firm from the 19th cen­tu­ry until quite recent­ly, and in addi­tion print­ed the Blair­gowrie Adver­tis­er until 1978. More details of the film and […]

Crieff Cossar Press Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Crieff Cos­sar Project (rebuild­ing) is now under­way near the home of its inven­tor — Tom Cos­sar of the Gov­an Press. In March 2012 the Cos­sar Press was removed from the premis­es of David Philips Print­ers in Com­rie Street, Crieff in the same way it had been installed in 1907 — in pieces. […]

Exhibition in Castle Douglas opens on Wednesday

An exhi­bi­tion about print­ing, includ­ing let­ter­press and wood­block among oth­ers, opens on Wednes­day 31 Octo­ber and runs until Sat­ur­day 10 Novem­ber at Cas­tle Dou­glas Library Gallery. There will be demon­stra­tions of prac­ti­cal print­ing tech­niques. Open 10am-5pm. For more infor­ma­tion email Kim Lowe:

Online donation link

It is now pos­si­ble to donate online to the Cos­sar Press project, through this link.

Caxton and the Printing Press on BBC Radio 4

If you missed the episode of ‘In our time’ broad­cast on Thurs­day 18 Octo­ber 2012, it is still avail­able to lis­ten again on the BBC Radio 4 web­site.The pro­gramme dis­cuss­es Cax­ton’s life and influ­ence, as well as the texts he chose to pro­duce. As the descrip­tion of the pro­gramme says: ‘The stan­dard of Cax­ton’s printing […]

Visit to the Chepman and Myllar Press

A recent post on Kei­th Hous­ton’s blog on punc­tu­a­tion marks, ‘Shady Char­ac­ters’ includ­ed an account of his meet­ing with Har­ry McIn­tosh of the Chep­man and Myl­lar press in Edin­burgh. Har­ry McIn­tosh uses the hot met­al Mono­type cast­ing sys­tem for type­set­ting, but uses a com­put­er, rather than a Mono­type key­board to set text. You can visit […]

Short Courses on Printing

There are print­ing relat­ed cours­es and events in var­i­ous venues this autumn. Robert Smail’s Print­ing Works in the Bor­ders are run­ning let­ter­press work­shops on Sat­ur­days 3 and 10 Novem­ber 2012, 10:00 — 16:00. Prices: Adult £50.00; Con­ces­sion £35.00. Fur­ther information/booking t: 0844 4932259 Get to know your Adana Print­ing Press, Sat­ur­day 24 Novem­ber 2012, […]

Cossar Appeal: Milestone Reached

SPRAT is delight­ed to announce that the Nation­al Print­ing Her­itage Trust has made a gen­er­ous grant towards the preser­va­tion of the Crieff Cos­sar Press. The NPHT is a nation­al UK char­i­ty ded­i­cat­ed to pre­serv­ing his­toric print­ing equip­ment machin­ery and archives and SPRAT is very grate­ful for their sup­port. This dona­tion means that the appeal has […]