Periscope Press acquires Victoria printing machine

SPrAT Trustee, Tim Hon­nor has recent­ly installed a new machine at the his pri­vate press in Inver­ness. The Vic­to­ria print­ing machine may be the only one of its kind in Scot­land in work­ing order — it was made in 1932 and is elec­tri­cal­ly dri­ven. The Periscope Press also has a trea­dle ‘Arab’ plat­en made in […]

Online Shop still open

If you would like to order any of our pub­li­ca­tions on the his­to­ry of Scot­land’s print­ing indus­try, please order through our online shop. Obvi­ous­ly we can’t promise the fastest deliv­ery times at the moment, but your order will be processed as soon as pos­si­ble.

Support available from the Printing Charity

The Print­ing Char­i­ty is open and are work­ing to sup­port peo­ple dur­ing the cur­rent emer­gency. It is the only ded­i­cat­ed char­i­ty for peo­ple work­ing in or con­nect­ed to print­ing, pub­lish­ing, pack­ag­ing, and the graph­ic arts. If you have worked or are still work­ing in the print­ing indus­try, and need prac­ti­cal or emo­tion­al sup­port you can […]

Death of former Trustee

Richard (Dick) Hon­our, a for­mer Trust­ess, died in Edin­burgh ear­li­er this month. He saw active ser­vice dur­ing the Sec­ond World War, after which he taught print­ing in Oxford and then at Napi­er Col­lege (now Edin­burgh Napi­er Uni­ver­si­ty). The Trust would like to offer its con­do­lences to all his fam­i­ly.  

Conference on regional printing

A con­fer­ence on Places, spaces and the print­ing press: imprint­ing region­al iden­ti­ties will take place in March 2021 At the Nation­al and Uni­ver­si­ty Library, Ljubl­jana, Slove­nia. Paper pro­pos­al should be sub­mit­ted by 20 Sep­tem­ber 2020, and a selec­tion of papers, in expand­ed form, will be pub­lisl­hed in a spe­cial­ly edit­ed vol­ume of the series ‘Print­ing […]

New date for ‘Printing for Tourists’ conference

The Print Net­works / CPHC Con­fer­ence ‘A vis­i­tor attrac­tion: print­ing for tourists’ which was due to take place in Apple­­by-in-West­­­more­­land in July 2020 has been post­poned to 20–21 July 2021. ‘Print­ing for tourists’ encom­pass­es tick­ets, notices, leaflets, labels, fold­ers, bill­heads and oth­er throw­aways, along­side books both phys­i­cal and vir­tu­al, that have come to rep­re­sent tourists […]

Baskerville Bible to stay in Birmingham

The future of the Baskerville Bible owned by Birm­ing­ham inven­tor and indus­tri­al­ist Matthew Boul­ton has been secured, and it will now be housed in the Cad­bury Research Library at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Birm­ing­ham, along­side the University’s many oth­er Baskerville hold­ings. The lives of Matthew Boul­ton and the print­er John Baskerville were inter­twined both com­mer­cial­ly and […]

Print Futures Awards 2020 Applications now open

The Print­ing Char­i­ty’s annu­al Print Futures Awards sup­port peo­ple aged 18–30, who are start­ing out or already work­ing in the print, paper, pub­lish­ing, pack­ag­ing, and graph­ic arts sec­tor. You can find out more and apply on the Print­ing Char­i­ty’s web­site. The dead­line for sub­mis­sions is 26 April 2020.

St Brides opening in March

St Bride’s Library will be open on Wednes­day 4 March and Wednes­day 18 March from 12 noon – 8pm. Email in advance ( to let the library know that you intend to vis­it as space in the Read­ing Room is lim­it­ed. Check the online cat­a­logue and email a list of titles you wish to see […]

Exhibition on printing in London

An exhi­bi­tion on the his­to­ry of east Lon­don’s print indus­try opens at the Nun­nery Gallery in Bow Road, Lon­don E3 on 17 Jan­u­ary 2020. It will include his­toric pho­tographs and print­ed items as well as print work­ers’ mem­o­ries, told through a new col­lec­tion of oral his­to­ries. Using archive and new­ly found mate­r­i­al from com­pa­nies, co-ops […]