The idea of setting up a print museum was first mooted around 1980. The new technological changes had been taking place over the previous 20 years, but in the late 1970s the changes were so rapid, that unless something was done immediately the past would remain in history, with only memories and nothing to exhibit. While the National Print Museum is now well established, this book has been compiled to show where many of the exhibits came from and identify the people who gave of their time tirelessly to assist in getting this project up and running. Also included is a section compiled by FÁS trainees and gives a very fine history of Beggars Bush Barracks which houses the Museum. The final section covers a brief history of printing and publishing in Ireland which was written by Vincent Kinane.