Scotland’s Printing Industry Heritage

The Scottish Printing Archival Trust promotes interest in the history of the Scottish printing industry, which is one of Scotland’s oldest.

The Trust will reach its 30th anniversary in 2018: it was formed in 1988 to conserve ‘knowledge and examples of Scotland’s printing heritage for the benefit of the public and print/media education’.

Although the Trust does not hold any archival collections itself, we work with institutions across Scotland to ensure that printing archives and artefacts are not lost. For more information about any aspect of the Trust’s work, please contact the Honorary Secretary, use the contact form or follow us on Twitter.


Current activities

Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the John Watson Foundation, the Trust is developing a programme of events. In 2016 this included guided walks looking at traces left by the printing industry in Edinburgh’s Old Town, and arranging training workshops on traditional letterpress skills. There is more information on our Projects page.

Future events will be announced on this website, or you can follow us on Twitter.

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The Trust publishes books on the Scottish printing industry, most recently Mechanical to Digital Printing in Scotland by the late John Gennard, charting the 100 year history of the Scottish print employers’ organisation, in association with Graphic Enterprise Scotland.

You can buy any of the Trust’s publications through our online shop or download an order form to order offline.

Material from this website should not be reproduced without permission.