Edinburgh: City of Print provides online access to the print and publishing collections of the City of Edinburgh Museums. At present physical access to the collections is restricted by opening hours and the physical location of the objects in the Edinburgh City Museums stores.


The project aims to provide a photographic record and detailed description of the wealth of material stored there and the rich heritage of Edinburgh's printing industry. The project is also capturing knowledge of traditional work practices and how machinery was used before it is lost as the industries in which they were common are swept away in the digital revolution. City of Print proposes to exploit the technology of that revolution to catalogue and provide a virtual display, including descriptions of working practices, of the City’s key collections in this area.


The project is a partnership between City of Edinburgh Museums and SAPPHIRE (Scottish Archive of Printing and Publishing History Records). The partners have had a working relationship to date in salvaging the industrial history of Edinburgh: the City of Edinburgh Museums has collected artefacts while SAPPHIRE has collected oral testimonies and paper and photographic records.


For further information about the project please contact sapphire@napier.ac.uk

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