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As a major employer in twentieth century Scottish industry, whose importance has been widely acknowledged, the print and publishing industry has a social, economic and cultural history which has been little researched and documented. The SAPPHIRE initiative has been set up as the first sustained attempt to fill this gap within that knowledge of the industry.

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SAPPHIRE on the move

The SAPPHIRE initiative is on the move again! After three years being co-directed from Dundee, it will return fully to Edinburgh in January 2015, when co-director David Finkelstein takes up a new…

40 Years of Scottish Publishing, 1974-2014

In May 2014 SAPPHIRE joined forces with Publishing Scotland to create an exhibition celebrating 40 years of Scottish Publishing. For further information, see…

SAPPHIRE documents the Wayzgoose phenomenon

As part of its commitment to making resources available on the social and cultural history of the print trade, SAPPHIRE has added new material to its site about the Wayzgoose phenomenon. 'Wayzgoose'…

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