Trongate 103, G1 5HD
Glasgow’s printing industry dates back to the 17th century. Explore the history of Glasgow in Print on this tour of buildings and places linked to the production of books, newspapers and other forms of print.
Most of Glasgow's best known printing firms date from the 19th century, and some remain in business today. Book printers included Blackie & Son, and William Collins, Sons & Co, there were also many newspaper and magazine printers. Stationery manufacture and wholesaling was another important branch of the trade. As well as large-scale businesses, there were many smaller print shops producing all the other forms of letterpress print required for business and personal use: invoices, letterheads, advertising posters, invitation cards, menus, annual reports, forms, etc. Other specialised printing businesses produced tram tickets, cheques and bank notes, and, in the twentieth century, special stationery for computer printers. In the 19th century a number of firms took up the newer process of lithography. It became especially important in the production of advertising material and for printing labels for mineral water and whisky bottles.
The walk will visit buildings and areas in the city centre associated with the industry some of which were purpose built as printing factories. All participants will receive a copy of the new Glasgow print trail leaflet.
Mon 10th, 11am; 60 minutes
Meeting point: Trongate 103
Monday 10th September 11am
Accessibility: The walk will follow public pavements
Appropriate footwear for walking
Suitable for all ages
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Wellpark Enterprise Centre
120 Sydney Street, Glasgow
Registered Company Number: SC079721
Scottish Charity Number: SC015443