Aldus Manutius digitized

Pub­lish­ing @ Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty and Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty Library have dig­i­tized 21 vol­umes from the press of Aldus Manu­tius, print­ed between 1501 and 1580. They have been dig­i­tized from the col­lec­tion of 106 vol­umes brought togeth­er by Hugh McDon­ald and his wife Jer­ry and were acquired by Simon Fras­er Uni­ver­si­ty Library with sup­port from […]

The Trust on Twitter

The Trust’s Twit­ter account @PrintScot has just reached 150 fol­low­ers thanks to the founder of the Met­al­type web­site — ‘Yesterday’s tech­nol­o­gy — today’, which is a trea­sure trove of infor­ma­tion about tra­di­tion­al print­ing tech­niques, espe­cial­ly about hot met­al type­set­ting.

Robert Smail’s Printing Works open for 2017

The Nation­al Trust for Scotland’s let­ter­press print­ing works, Robert Smail’s in Inner­lei­then, opens again for the 2017 sea­son on Sat­ur­day 1 April. For details of open­ing times and how to get there vis­it their web­site.

Printing collection looking for a home

There is an urgent need to find a home for print­ing arte­facts that used to be part of the col­lec­tion at Newark Mill­gate Muse­um, until its clo­sure in 2012.  They include an 1837 Atlas Press and an 1840 Albion Press among oth­er arte­facts. If any­one is inter­est­ed please con­tact Kevin Win­ter at Newark Muse­um to […]

Life in Letterpress

There is a major ret­ro­spec­tive exhi­bi­tion cov­er­ing Alan Kitching’s life and work, span­ning six decades cur­rent­ly in progress at the Light­house Gallery in Glas­gow. Called A life in let­ter­press it includes exam­ples of his work, sketch­books, proofs, arte­facts and equip­ment from his stu­dio. The exhi­bi­tion is on until 5 March 2017.

Tragara Press print shop

The crown folio Arab press owned and run by the late Alan Ander­son of the Tra­gara Press, is being offered for dis­pos­al — prefer­ably as a whole, with­in Scot­land. It was in reg­u­lar use until his death ear­li­er this year. There is more detail in the PDF doc­u­ment which you can down­load through this link.

Speedspools is 50!

Har­ry McIntosh’s Speed­spools has reached its Gold­en Anniver­say. He has been in busi­ness pro­duc­ing type for 50 years, since 1967 — and for many years to come at the Chep­man and Myl­lar press in Edin­burgh. Con­grat­u­la­tions!

Typography and design lecture

Gen Har­ri­son, Com­pos­i­tor and Prop­er­ty Man­ag­er at Robert Smail’s Print­ing Works, will take the audi­ence through the qual­i­ties and quirks of typog­ra­phy and graph­ic design before the days of desk top pub­lish­ing. Any­one who is thrilled by the use of a good type­face or appre­ci­ates graph­ic design as an art form will enjoy this fas­ci­nat­ing […]

Introduction to letterpress at DCA

On Sat­ur­day 22 Octo­ber there’s an oppor­tu­ni­ty to learn the basics of let­ter­press print­ing in a ses­sion led by John Eas­son of Quar­to Press. The event lasts from 10–6 at Dundee Con­tem­po­rary Arts print stu­dio. Book­ing essen­tial — see their web­site for details of how to book.  

Letterpress workshops at Smails

These let­ter­press work­shops at Robert Smail’s Print­ing Works are a chance for any­one with an inter­est in graph­ic design and typog­ra­phy to spend the day cre­at­ing their own let­ter­press art­works, posters and sta­tionery. Work­shop par­tic­i­pants will be able to use wood­en poster type and hand press­es to get cre­ative, with Smail’s expert staff on hand […]