500 years of Scottish printing

In 2008, the Trust, together with the National Library of Scotland and Graphic Enterprise Scotland, celebrated Scotland’s Year of the printed word, marking the 500th anniversary of the introduction of printing to Scotland. Exhibitions, printing demonstrations and workshops and other events took place throughout Scotland, from Shetland to Dumfries, and from Argyll to Aberdeen. They are listed on the Scotland’s year of the printed word page on this website.


Permanent legacies of the celebrations include:Image of plaque to commemorate the first printed book in Scotland