Scots exhibition to celebrate 100 years of magazine trade body

AN exhibition celebrating 100 years of the magazine trade body, the Professional Publishers Association, is be staged at Edinburgh Napier University, with an appearance at the Mitchell Library, in Glasgow, and other venues, taking place thereafter.

It follows a reception on Thursday evening at the National Museum of Scotland – hosted by the chair of the PPA Scotland, Alan Ramsay – and an exhibition (for one night only) of dozens of Scots magazines down the decades.

The event coincided with the launch of an one-off anniversary magazine, Unlimited, designed and written by Scottish publishers.

Ramsay, who is managing director of Connect Communications – one of the UK’s leading corporate publishers – told the audience that publications such as Life and Work, Scottish Farmer and Scottish Field were each well over 100 years old, while The Scots Magazine – some 274 years old – has just been relaunched after a major redesign.

He said: “This historic year allows us to celebrate our industry’s past and also to look ahead to the future, when we can make magazines greater than ever before. Most printed magazines also have a web, mobile or app presence, so the future holds endless possibilities.

“In Scotland, we have a thriving magazine scene, and our new exhibition celebrates a fantastic 100 years plus of magazine publishing in Scotland which I hope everyone will be able to visit.”

The exhibition at Napier begins on the 24th. Thereafter, it’s Glasgow’s Mitchell Library, Stirling University and Glasgow Caledonian University. Talks are also ongoing with Dundee University, the Royal Society of Edinburgh and the Scottish Parliament.

The exhibition was curated by PPA Scotland business manager, Nikki Simpson, and Edinburgh Napier University student, Emma Wilson, and designed by Connect Communications. The magazine was designed by CMYK Design.