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WALK - Glasgow in Print

Door open days

10 September 2018 (Mon 10th, 11am; 60 minutes)

Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival

Glasgow’s printing industry dates back to the 17th century. Explore the history of Glasgow in Print. The 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.


Accessibility: The walk will follow public pavements

Appropriate footwear for walking


Suitable for all ages

Key Information

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

Booking: Fully booked

Monday 10th September 11am

Where to find us

  • Meeting point: Trongate 103
  • G1 5HD