Cossar Club launched

A Cos­sar Club has been launched to bring togeth­er ‘Friends of the 1907 Crieff Cos­sar’. The Club has a wealth of infor­ma­tion about the machines and their inven­tor, and seeks to bring togeth­er peo­ple with knowl­edge of these machines and their his­to­ry. For more infor­ma­tion about the Club email 1907cossarclub@gmail.com The Scot­tish Print­ing Archival Trust […]

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 […]

Cossar Tales from Australia

An arti­cle about Cos­sar press­es in Aus­tralia and New Zealand has appeared in both the print and online ver­sions of GXPress. As well as the his­to­ry of the press there are rec­ol­lec­tions from print­ers who worked with the ‘Cos­sar Patent Flat Bed Web News­pa­per Print­ing Machine’, and Peter Cole­man lists an impres­sive num­ber of news­pa­per […]

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 […]

Pictures of the rebuild process

More pic­tures of the process of dis­man­tling, mov­ing and rebuild­ing the Crieff Cos­sar Press have now been added. The recon­struct­ed press remains in store in Gov­an, await­ing the com­ple­tion of phase 2, and removal to Edin­burgh (phase 3).

New Type Cossar Press in action

The ‘Sin­­gle-Width Users Group’ has a web­site for the New Zealand print com­mu­ni­ty. It includes a ‘Way Back When’ sec­tion which includes videos of the ‘New Type’ Cos­sar Press­es in action, as well as oth­er videos illus­trat­ing the his­to­ry of news­pa­per print­ing.   B8 Cos­sar Press video   B4 Cos­sar Press video  

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 […]

Online donation link

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

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 […]