Exhibition of maps

The Nation­al Library of Scot­land’s exhi­bi­tion You are here: a jour­ney through maps is on dis­play at the George IV build­ing in Edin­burgh until April 2017. Vis­i­tors can wan­der through the maps on dis­play, zoom­ing out from the Library itself, to view the whole world. The exhi­bi­tion includes one of the finest plans of Edin­burgh, the […]

Words on the Street

This week sees a cel­e­bra­tion of Edin­burgh’s long-term love affair with books and lit­er­a­ture, with a vis­it from film­mak­er Ter­ry Gilliam who will unveil a 10-metre long illu­mi­nat­ed quo­ta­tion inspired by Miguel de Cer­vantes’ Don Quixote on Jef­frey Street to high­light his love for this clas­sic book. The illu­mi­nat­ed art instal­la­tion will be vis­i­ble for […]

Douglas Grant

The Edin­burgh print­er and pub­lish­er, Dou­glas Grant, died in July 2014. He was a sig­nif­i­cant fig­ure in the print­ing and pub­lish­ing indus­try, lat­ter­ly as the man­ag­ing direc­tor of Scot­tish Aca­d­e­m­ic Press. Ear­li­er, he had been the man­ag­ing direc­tor of Oliv­er & Boyd, and was involved in the efforts to save R & R Clark around […]

Classes for October

Edin­burgh Print­mak­ers are run­ning a num­ber of cours­es on etch­ing tech­niques this autumn, includ­ing a two-day intro­duc­to­ry course which will run on 4 and 5 Octo­ber 2014 and again at the end of Novem­ber. Oth­er cours­es at the stu­dio this autumn include more etch­ing cours­es as well as ones on lith­o­graph­ic tech­niques. Full details are […]

Allan Waterston

The mil­i­tary career of Edin­burgh print­er, Allan Water­ston, who recent­ly died aged 92, is high­light­ed in the obit­u­ary pub­lished in the Dai­ly Tele­graph. He saw active ser­vice in North Africa, Italy and Aus­tria in World War II. His war ser­vice inter­rupt­ed his stud­ies at the Lon­don Col­lege of Print­ing, and on their final com­ple­tion he […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

R & R Clark on YouTube

A film about ‘Edin­burgh print­ers at work and play’ has been put on YouTube. It fea­tures images from the case­room at R & R Clark, and descrip­tions of the social activ­i­ties at the firm. You can watch it here:

Summer courses in printing

Details of Edin­burgh Print­mak­ers’ Sum­mer School 2012 are now avail­able through their web­site: http://www.edinburgh-printmakers.co.uk/index.htm As well as print­mak­ing tech­niques, Dundee Con­tem­po­rary Arts offer cours­es in paper­mak­ing and book­bind­ing. http://www.dca.org.uk/get-creative/course-information.html