IT’S 500 years since the first known book was published in Scotland. Events run all year. ||WEBSTART||www.500yearsofprinting.org||WEBSTOP||
HARPER COLLINS ARCHIVE, Bishopbriggs, 10:30am-4pm, Saturday, 13 September. www.harpercollins.com To tie in with 500 Years of Printing in Scotland, Harper Collins invites you to explore its archive in East Dunbartonshire – the first time it has opened to the public. Letters from JRR Tolkien, Agatha Christie, CS Lewis and others will be on display.
PRESS HERE WORKSHOP, Quarto Press, Coupar Angus, 10:30am-5pm, Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 21 September. Incredibly, this press still uses the same method of printing as the one Androw Myllar brought to Scotland in 1508. Have a go at some printing techniques. Call Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust for more information and to book activities (01738 477080).
UNIVERSITY OF ABERDEEN SPECIAL LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES, King’s College, tours at 10am, 11am, noon and 1pm, Saturday, 13 September. These archives provide a unique and internationally significant range of printed, archival and other sources for the higher education community and beyond. Many rare items.
DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ARTS, Nethergate, 10:30am-5:30pm, Saturday, 20 and noon-5pm, Sunday, 21 September. The DCA has worked with artists to produce a special publication based on the first printed article recorded in Scotland, The Complaint of the Black Knight. Get a guided tour of artist’s print studios, learn about the techniques used and meet the artists themselves. Free tours 11am and 1:30pm on both days. 01382 909900 to book.
CARRONGLEN HOUSE, Carrongove Papermill, Denny, 10am-4pm, Saturday, 13 September and 12:30pm-4pm, Sunday, 14 September. This house, built in 1863, was recently used as the offices of the Carrongrove Papermill. Last chance to see this opulent mid-Victorian villa before it is redeveloped into apartments.