RGS Guildford past, present and future

Under the imprint James & James, we produced the first illustrated history of The Royal Grammar School Guildford (RGS) to celebrate their 450-year milestone. Flash forward a decade and a half, and we have returned to our flourishing publishing partnership with RGS for the fully updated hardback The Royal Grammar School Guildford: An Illustrated History.

Celebrating over 500 years of since their establishment, this elegant version of their story not only benefits from another 14 years of history, but from the advances in printing technology and a fresh approach to design. The Royal Grammar School Guildford was written by skilled heritage writer, and original author, Nigel Watson and considers RGS in its role of Guildford’s oldest institution and an important part of the Guildford community.

These two print editions of RGS’s heritage demonstrate the importance of regularly re-energising written histories to fit with the ever-changing style of communication and textual representation. Originally published with mostly black and white images, this new hardback features illustrated endpapers, new photography and coloured spreads throughout, giving a lift to the archive images on the page.

From a gloss jacket and smaller-format hardback, the story has grown into its larger size with a matt-finish jacket enclosing a gold embossed green wibalin case – an updated design for a fresh vision of the past. We were thrilled to receive glowing praise from the RGS team and we’re proud to have worked with this high-achieving school.

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