Imprentit: 500 Years of the Printed Word in Scotland

Our new exhibition, Imprentit: 500 Years of the Printed Word in Scotland (http://www.nls.uk/events/printing-exhibition/index.html) opened to the public today, and it has already welcomed one or two notable visitors.

On Wednesday morning we had a press call, and the exhibition has so far gained coverage in the Scotsman, the Herald and the Telegraph among others as well as being featured as Scotland’s picture of the day on BBC Online. There was a private view for Development guests on Wednesday evening, and one of those guests was none other than Sir Sean Connery, who told the gathering that the Library is a ‘marvellous place’. The public opening took place last night with Culture Minister Linda Fabiani, who was equally effusive in her praise for NLS.

Also, for the first time, the exhibition is being supported by a new NLS blog which is charting the progress of the work, and aims to give a bit of a behind the scenes look at how the exhibition is going from the perspective of the organisers rather than purely as a visitor. Have a look at http://www.nls.uk/blogs/500years/ for some more details.

If you are in Edinburgh, take the time to have a look around the exhibition: there’s something for everyone and it really does show off the breadth and depth of our printed collections. An associated events programme will be out next week.

If however you cannot make it, Its also worth having a look at our on-line collection First Scottish Books. This resource offers a digital showcase to nine of the earliest books printed in Scotland and which are the most precious items held by the National Library of Scotland in its role as custodian of the nation’s printed heritage. Known as ‘The Chepman & Myllar Prints’, they were produced in or about 1508 on Scotland’s first printing press, established in Edinburgh (in what is now the Cowgate) by Walter Chepman and Androw Myllar.

There is also a book, Scottish Printed Books:1508-2008, published by the Library in association with Sandstone Press to coincide with the exhibition, and this will be on sale from GB Front of House at the price of £5.99 from Monday.

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2 Responses

  1. Congratulations, it looks like a fantastic exhibition.

    Is it still on/when does it finish? I would very much like to nip up to have a look.

  2. Hi Adam – the exhibition is on until the 12th October, so there is still plenty of time to come and have a look.

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