The aims of the BAPH are:

  • to act as a focal point for sharing information on historical paper research, both voluntary and professional, by promoting contact between those involved and by providing information on current developments
  • to arouse interest in papermaking history in general, especially as the UK has been a leader in paper manufacture
  • to promote the study of all aspects of paper history and to encourage and support centres that preserve papermaking equipment and archival records

To fulfil these aims the BAPH publishes The Quarterly, the prestigious journal of the Association that members receive four times a year. It includes well-illustrated articles, reviews and correspondence on subjects such as British mills and makers, machinery and equipment, raw materials, forensic application to paper, watermarks, and papermaking communities. A regular newsletter - BAPH News - keeps members up to date with events and developments in the world of paper history and includes an invaluable 'Information Sought' section. Back issues of both publications are available. The proceedings of our annual conferences are also being published, either as separate volumes or in The Quarterly.

To further the Association's aims members meet at an annual three day conference at which a diversity of papers are presented, interspersed with visits to mills and archives local to the venue; it is an opportunity for members and others to present the results of their investigations and exchange views. Spring and autumn one day meetings are held each year and occasional visits are made to archives, mills and places of specific interest to paper historians.

The BAPH also maintains liaison with groups having related concerns and objectives and seeks the support of appropriate bodies to preserve threatened mill sites, papermaking equipment and historical records.