Archive celebrates capital’s print industry

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”

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Storytelling Lecture

Professorial Lecture by Dr Donald Smith, Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival
Event Date: 04 March 2010
Location: Lindsay Stewart Lecture Theatre, Craiglockhart Campus.
Donald Smith has been Director of the Netherbow Arts Centre and its successor, the Scottish Storytelling Centre, through nearly three decades of dramatic change. He has also been Director of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival since its inception and a catalyst in the global storytelling renaissance.
In his lecture, “Global Nation? Defining Scotland’s Festive Identities”, Dr Donald Smith, a respected commentator on cultural affairs, teases out some of the inside stories, and peers into a potentially turbulent yet open future for Scotland’s capital city and its Festivals in a period of global crisis.
What is driving Scotland’s twenty-first century identity and self projection? What are the roles of culture, environment, history and politics in this crucible? And where are Edinburgh’s Festivals positioned in the mix? Is there consensus around starting points and objectives, or are Festival programmers part of  wider, partly undeclared, culture wars?
What might it mean for Scotland to be a truly global nation, and are its Festivals crucial to the project – or freeloaders?
The lecture is open to all staff, students and the public, and is followed by a reception.

Publishing Scotland Conference 2010

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!