25 years of the National Printing Heritage Trust

The Nation­al Print­ing Her­itage Trust was formed at a meet­ing 25 years ago today in Chester. Its main focus is pre­serv­ing the machines, equip­ment and mate­ri­als to pro­mote under­stand­ing of how print­ing was done in the past. More recent­ly the Trust has con­ce­trat­ed on secur­ing items of sig­nif­i­cant print­ing machin­ery and equip­ment that were in dan­ger of dis­ap­pear­ing and assist­ing muse­um cura­tors with the care of print­ing arte­facts in their possession.

The Scot­tish Print­ing Archival Trust has ben­e­fit­ted from gen­er­ous sup­port from the NPHT in their efforts to raise the funds to save the 1907 Crieff Cos­sar Press from scrap.  It has been tak­en into the col­lec­tions of Nation­al Muse­ums Scot­land, and placed in tem­po­rary stor­age in Gov­an, near its inven­tor’s child­hood home, to be recon­struct­ed. It has now been rebuilt and will move to the Nation­al Muse­ums Col­lec­tions Cen­tre in Edin­burgh once cur­rent devel­op­ment plans are in place.