Launch of virtual museum celebrating 500 years of the printing and publishing trade in the capital
Researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have helped build an archive charting the rise and fall of an industry that supported more than 7,000 jobs in the city at its peak.
Thousands of documents, photographs, books, artworks, company records, and even old machinery have been brought together for the ‘City of Print’ collection.
Archive film and newly recorded material from former print-workers is all available through the website – www.edinburghcityofprint.org
The archive charts the entire history of the trade, from its origins in 1507 when King James IV awarded Scotland’s first printing patent to Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar for a press in the Cowgate, to the present-day success of publishers such as Mainstream and Canongate. Continue reading “Archive celebrates capital’s print industry”
MSc Publishing students were today treated to an insight into writing, publishing and the life of a literary reviewer by Stuart Kelly, Literary Editor of Scotland on Sunday.
More soon, but in the meantime, check out Stuart’s blog www.mcshandy.wordpress.com
Students were captivated by the Guest Lecture given by Alison Baverstock yesterday.
Many of you will already have seen this, but just in case… here’s a fascinating glimpse into the sort of development Penguin is undertaking to exploit the capabilities of the new Apple iPad.
MSc Publishing staff with friends Jim MacNeilage (Copyright Licencing Agency) and Kathy Crawford (PPA Scotland) at yesterday’s sold-out Publishing Scotland’s annual conference at the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh.
Fiona Hyslop, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Scottish Government, delivered the keynote speech. The day-long programme included topical issues affecting the industry today, as well as areas that may impact on publishing in the coming years.
As part of SCOB, Edinburgh Napier University, we were pleased to sponsor the lunch and, as you can see below, the drinks event afterwards was equally enjoyable! As a network member of Publishing Scotland, we are closely engaged with Scotland’s foremost trade association, representing over 80 publishing companies.
It was good to catch up with friends, industry contacts and alumni – our students have a fantastic rate of employment in Scottish publishing, even during this time of recession! In fact, three out of the last four jobs advertised by Edinburgh University Press have been secured by our Publishing students!
A large part of this is due to the Placement module (trimester 2). So as well as catching up with all the major issues affecting the industry, we were also glad to hear glowing reports from our host companies – and, of course, to use the opportunity and our contacts to arrange placements for our current students!
Thanks to Marion (CE of Publishing Scotland and formerly a lecturer on our Publishing programme) and all the team for a really informative and enjoyable day!
Over the past few days the Publishing students and lecturers have been on a retreat to The Burn, a country house set in the spectacular Scottish Highlands. Here are some photos from our fantastic time there…
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