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Home » News » Filming of Printing Presses - Ready to Roll!

Filming of Printing Presses - Ready to Roll!

25th Mar 2013

The Ericht Trust has gathered sufficient funds into their Appeal Fund to make a film about the Blairgowrie Printing Presses and Printers. Preparation for filming has already begun and filming should start mid April.

The appeal was launched last year and the Trust is very grateful for the generous donations given by individuals, businesses and local groups to make this all possible.

It is the Trust’s intention, as part of their Business Plan for the development of the Old Hill Primary School, to move these Grade B listed presses into a dedicated museum space made ready to house this important part of our local heritage. The Museum will of course contain much more than the presses – the berries, fishing, golfing and jute mill history – these will be some of the other exhibitions.
Discussions are on going with Perth and Kinross Council on the future use of the school.

In the meantime, we are very keen to record as much information about our heritage on film.

Blairgowrie Printers was established in 1855 and printed the Blairgowrie Advertiser until this newspaper was bought over by Sun Group in 1978. Hamilton Scott the current owner has worked in the Printers all his working life, starting as an apprentice and becoming senior compositor. Catherine and Hamilton Scott purchased the Printers in 1980 and the business continued to produce small runs of local orders until Hamilton retired in 2005.

The film seeks to capture the atmosphere, working environment and stories of a bygone era in the printing world, which was so much part of our history.

The Printing presses have attracted interest from the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA). AIA promotes the study, preservation and presentation of Britain’s Industrial Heritage.
Some members of the AIA visited and inspected the printing machinery with members of The Ericht Trust Board last week. Should The Ericht Trust plans for the presses become a reality, this will feature as a regular attraction to visit by AIA members.

The Print Appeal Fund is not closed. Any further funding which is not used for the filmmaking will be used to start the fund for the next stage.
Donations can be made to The Ericht Trust c/o One Voice office, 11 Upper Mill Street, Blairgowrie PH10 6HL where forms for gift aid are available. You can also donate online at www.theerichttrust.co.uk