Archives for 2013

Printing in Scotland and Doors Open Days

Sep­tem­ber is Doors Open Day in Scot­land. This year’s pro­gramme includes some print­ers and a num­ber of oth­er places asso­ci­at­ed with the indus­try that are open to the pub­lic. On Sat­ur­day 7 and Sun­day 8 Sep­tem­ber, Glad­stone Court Muse­um in Big­gar is open. The dis­plays include a print­ing shop. On Sat­ur­day 14 Sep­tem­ber, the Pen-y-Coe […]

Talk on the Legacy of the Printing Press

Tim Hon­nor, who owned Pic­co­lo Press in Nairn for 20 years is to give a talk at Nairn Book and Arts Fes­ti­val on The Lega­cy of the Print­ing Press  — ‘The most impor­tant inven­tion since the wheel’. He will speak about the inven­tion of print­ing, and show pic­tures and videos of a range of print­ing […]

Cossar Press — New Appeal Leaflet

The Crieff Cos­sar Press Project page on this web­site (The sto­ry of the Cos­sar Press) was updat­ed with new infor­ma­tion over the sum­mer. The fundrais­ing effort is still ongo­ing: the Scot­tish Print­ing Archival Trust has suc­cess­ful­ly raised approach­ing half the over­all total (£15,000) need­ed to com­plete the project. Can you help us raise the rest? You […]

Events at Robert Smail’s next month

Robert Smail’s Print­ing Works in Inner­lei­then are run­ning events in Sep­tem­ber in asso­ci­a­tion with the Scot­tish Bor­ders Walk­ing Fes­ti­val. On Mon­day 2 Sep­tem­ber there is a ‘Whis­tle Stop Smail’s and Sup­per’ and on Wednes­day 4 Sep­tem­ber an ‘InkyPrints Work­shop’. For full details of how to book and for oth­er events this autumn see Smail’s web­site.

Courses at Edinburgh Printmakers

Edin­burgh Print­mak­ers gallery run cours­es on var­i­ous aspects of print­ing includ­ing relief print­ing and stone lith­o­g­ra­phy. Full details of their autumn pro­gramme are on their web­site.

Exhibition in Dundee

An exhi­bi­tion in the Coop­er Gallery at Dun­can of Jor­dan­stone Col­lege of Art and Design, Dundee, will show­case the crit­i­cal­ly cel­e­brat­ed artists’ books pro­duced to date by Knife Edge Press, the cre­ative part­ner­ship of writer Mel Good­ing and artist Bruce McLean. Along­side the artists’ books the exhi­bi­tion will also present for the first time, prints, […]

Explore Bartholomew’s Printing Offices

The Nation­al Library of Scot­land has added the Dun­can Street Explor­er to the dig­i­tal col­lec­tions avail­able on its web­site. This build­ing, in the New­ing­ton area of Edin­burgh, was occu­pied by the firm of John Bartholomew & Son Ltd from 1911 to 1995. The site incor­po­rates pho­tographs, audio record­ings, and floor plans to tell the sto­ry […]

Printing the Wipers Times

Fol­low­ing on from Tim Hon­nor’s adven­tures with his Arab press, the BBC have some infor­ma­tion about the pro­gramme on their web­site. The dra­ma fol­lows the for­tunes of the paper pro­duced on the West­ern Front after a print­ing press was found in ruins at Ypres in 1916. The pro­gramme will be broad­cast lat­er this year.

Exhibition on Scottish publishing at Edinburgh Napier

An exhi­bi­tion show­ing how Scot­tish mag­a­zine pub­lish­ing has devel­oped since the ear­ly 1900s is now open at Edin­burgh Napi­er Uni­ver­si­ty’s Mer­chis­ton Cam­pus. It looks at the ori­gins of the indus­try back to the 1700s but the main focus is mag­a­zine pub­lish­ing in Scot­land in the twen­ti­eth cen­tu­ry, and shows the his­to­ry of the mag­a­zines and […]

Bicentenary of the Columbian Press

The Columbian Press was invent­ed in 1813 by George Cly­mer, though it ulti­mate­ly proved more pop­u­lar in the Unit­ed King­dom. You can read more about its typ­i­cal appear­ance and dec­o­ra­tion and of how it oper­ates. The restored Grand Gallery of the Nation­al Muse­um of Scot­land in Edin­burgh has an exam­ple built in 1865 by the […]