The Quarterly No. 65 - January 2008


St Omer Conference, 2006

Stoneywood Mill 1950 - Ian Hendry

Comprehensive overview of paper making and the running of a paper mill in the 1950s. Details are given of the raw materials used, pulp preparation, paper making, and finishing of the paper. Management, ancillary operations, housing and working conditions.

11 pages, illustrated


List of Scottish Papermakers, 1837 - transcribed by Richard Hills

Transcription taken from an 1837 hand-written original in the Museum of Science and Industry.

1 page


In Pursuit of Rags, Ropes and Mill Waste - Mike Malley

Analysis of the sources and availability of the raw materials for paper making in Lancashire in the nineteenth century.

5 pages, illustrated, tables


A Watermarked Paper Leaf in a 1360s North-East Cheshire Roll at the National Archives, Kew - John Harrop

Detailed examination of a leaf of primitive paper incorporated into a roll of six parchment membranes.

2 pages, illustrated


A Methodical Visual System to Create Matching Infills for Missing Areas in Works of Art on Paper by Dyeing Cotton Rag Papermaking Pulp Different Shades of Yellow, Red and Blue - Alan Buchanan

Paper conservators frequently require to infill missing areas of works of art. Present methods involve infilling with a sympathetic paper, a repair tissue or pulp, all of which usually have to be toned to match the surrounding area. This article's hypothesis is that cotton rag paper pulp can be dyed red, yellow or blue. Predetermined amounts of the dry dyed pulp can then be mixed to produce the desired colour.

9 pages, colour illustrations, tables


Marbling Paper - BJ Sanson

Account of the history and techniques of marbling paper first published in The Paper-Maker and British Paper Trade Journal, 1924.

2 pages


History of Paper Test Instrumentation Part 7: Tactile Property Testers - Daven Chamberlain

The continuation of this comprehensive series, this time detailing testers designed to test tactile properties. Tactile properties are promoted actively in the selling of certain paper products, for example, tissue. Such properties have been given a variety of names: rattle, handle, feel, softness, hardness etc. Tactile properties are among the most esoteric that paper scientists have tried to characterise.

5 pages, illustrated


Soap Paper: Its Manufacture and Curiosities - James Scott

James Scott enthuses on the properties, practicalities and production of soap paper, perhaps to be regarded as the forerunner of the present day 'wet-wipe'. First published in The Paper-Maker and British Paper Trade Journal, 1915.

2 pages, illustrated


Vacuum or Suction Boxes - part 1 - J Melrose Arnott

A fascinating history of these important additions to papermachines first published in The Paper-Maker and British Paper Trade Journal, 1922. Due to its length the article is to be re-printed in two parts.

8 pages, illustrated


Shakespear and the Paper Trade - Graham Arnold

Humorous short article on the search for, sometimes somewhat tenuous, references to paper making in Shakespeare's writings.

1 page


Correction to Branthwaite Paper Mill, Cumberland

Corrections to errors in references in this article in The Quarterly, No 64, October 2007.

1 page


An Unreliable History of the British Paper Industry - J Edward Cummins

An alternative slant on British papermaking history from a member of Messrs Strong, Hanbury & Co, published first in that company's Paper and Progress and re-published in The Paper-Maker and British Paper Trade Journal, 1925.

1 page


Storing of Moist Wood Pulp - F Wolesky

A short article from The Paper-Maker and British Paper Trade Journal, 1896, highlighting sources of contamination that could give rise to deterioration of pulp, and so to paper, which hitherto may not have been considered.

1 page