Click on a year to find out key milestones in Collins’ long history.
Collins founded in Glasgow by William Collins.
First Collins schoolbook published: A System of Commercial Arithmethic for Use in Schools and Private Families.
First Donnegan's Greek and English Lexicon (dictionary) published.
Cartographers John Bartholomew & Son founded in Edinburgh.
irst illustrated dictionaries published.
William Collins appointed publisher to the Scottish School Book Association; followed by an invitation to be publisher for Irish National Schools.
Collins publishes 55 atlases and 100 wall maps for the mass market
Collins buys out the Scottish School Book Association; there are now 920 schoolbooks in the catalogue.
First Collins English gem dictionary published; the bilingual gem dictionaries follow in the 1920s.
Collins atlases and dictionaries form part of the Penny Library for schools.
Queer Things - Lessons of various conditions of plant, animal and insect life - published.
New Naturalist Nature Guides launches with Butterflies by Dr E B Ford and London's Natural History by R S R Fitter.
First Collins European Atlases published.
First Collins Revision book published: Practice in the Basic Skills.
Collins publishes the first comprehensive bilingual dictionary.
First Collins Road Atlas published, based on the Mobil Road Map Seies, first published in 1961.
Collins creates COBUILD database with the University of Birmingham, the first database containing evidence of how English is used for learners of English.
Collins and Bartholomew becomes part of HarperCollins Publishers.
Collins acquires Letts & Lonsdale, and Folens Primary.
Collins launches www.collinsdictionary.com, the largest authoritative online dictionary to consider word submissions from the public.
Atlas by Collins app launched.
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We celebrate uniqueness of every child, and it is our endeavour to always support the educators who passionately work in a heterogeneous environment catering to students with varied learning capabilities. Our meticulously planned and graded titles, along with support materials for teachers in the form of Teacher’s Manuals and digital resource called ‘DigiSuite’, not only assuage some load off the teachers, but also create an invigorating and most enthralling teaching-learning experience in the classroom for the learners. This year we have forayed into new avenues with our pre-primary series ‘Ready, Steady, Go!’ and ‘Easy Learning’ that will lay a strong foundation for young learners by piquing their curiosity and enhancing their appetite to learn. We have added to our ELT bouquet a new Grammar series ‘Collins English Grammar and Composition’ that aims to enable learners to master the rules of the English language; a new multi-skill series ‘English Alive!’ that uses constructivist teaching and learning methods; and ‘Tune In!’, a series that primarily fosters listening and speaking skills in students. Our new Social Science series ‘Excursions’ equips learners with a better understanding of the national and global scenarios. We have also ventured into other languages with our Hindi series ‘Aarambh’ to bring forth new dimensions in this space. To meet the needs of the changing educational landscape we have revised some of our titles, such as ‘Engaging English’, ‘Maths Matters’, ’Science Panorama,’ ‘Computer Craft,’ and ‘Knowledge Whizz’.
We look forward to your patronage and cooperation as we continue to strengthen the education system for our learners so that they understand and appreciate varied perspectives, and in the process move towards the path of progressive self-discovery and become truly global citizens.