Print History

By Murali Ranganathan 29 August 2022

A schoolteacher laid the foundations of what was to become one of the largest printing presses in pre-partition Punjab. A visit to the press...


By Murali Ranganathan 29 July 2022

Persia was experiencing an efflorescence in the 1930s as a new ruling dynasty tried to fast forward the country towards modernity. How could...


By Murali Ranganathan 01 July 2022

At the dawn of the twentieth century, Madras had emerged as one of the print capitals of India and the centre for Telugu and Tamil printing....


By Murali Ranganathan 02 June 2022

How did one man single-handedly build a paper-to-print conglomerate, the largest in colonial Bombay, by the end of the First World War? The ...


By Murali Ranganathan 01 June 2022

Burma has a long record of its ancient history and a living tradition where old texts were still relevant. A visit to one of the largest pri...


By Murali Ranganathan 29 March 2022

After a turbulent decade, a resurgent Afghanistan seemed to enjoy a period of stability in the early 1930s. The infrastructure was being str...


By Murali Ranganathan 27 December 2021

Printing museums across the world have become success stories but it is not plain sailing always. The story of the Melbourne Museum of Print...


By Murali Ranganathan 27 November 2021

Which print anniversary should Indians celebrate? There are many dates and years which could be considered but the options need to be evalua...


By Charmiane Alexander 24 November 2021

On 26 November, print historian Murali Ranganathan will talk about the print culture in the Parsi community going back to 250 years. His foc...


By Murali Ranganathan 17 November 2021

The story of how the first printing press in Egypt became the core of a printing museum housed in a global institution


By Murali Ranganathan 24 September 2021

The story of a printing museum set up by a regional newspaper in Greece which celebrates the ancient tradition of writing and typography


By Murali Ranganathan 18 August 2021

The amazing journey of a Canadian print company from refurbishing printing presses to establishing a world-class printing museum


By Murali Ranganathan 14 July 2021

How does one build a world-class printing museum from scratch? For the answer, look no further than the story of The Museum of Printing. It ...


By Murali Ranganathan 30 June 2021

How does a printing press make the long journey from being the leading publishing house in the sixteenth century to a world heritage museum ...


By Murali Ranganathan 15 June 2021

The printing history series in PrintWeek enters its seventh year with this anniversary issue. One of the objectives of this series is to evo...


By Murali Ranganathan 16 April 2021

Jatindra Kumar Nayak has played a prominent role in a variety of literary and educational institutions in the state of Odisha and his transl...


By Murali Ranganathan 01 April 2021

Large parts of Africa and Asia share a common experience of colonization, exploitation and impoverishment. They also share histories of prin...


By Murali Ranganathan 23 February 2021

An exciting new generation of print historians has emerged as we enter the third decade of the twenty-first century. Bristling with new idea...


By Murali Ranganathan 29 January 2021

Traversing the overlapping print worlds of Portuguese, Konkani and English, Rochelle Pinto has been studying how colonialism and its afterma...


By Murali Ranganathan 16 October 2020

How a librarian from pre-independence India recast himself as print historian


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