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20 February 2013

10th National Congress of Spanish Paper Historians

Madrid, 26-28 June 2013  

For information about this congress you may download this document in pdf.


WASHI event in Norwich in March 2013

exhibitions & conference & workshops


Representing the first UK showing of Kew Gardens' Parkes Collection


The Art of Japanese paper (Norwich University of the Arts): Washi exhibitions 11–20 March 2013, Washi conference 16 March 2013, Washi workshops 17 and 23 March 2013 and Artist gallery talks 17, 18 and 21 March 2013.


EXHIBITION - WASHI: THE ART OF JAPANESE PAPER (NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS) A unique viewing in Europe for over 100 papers from two major collections, the 19th century Parkes papers held at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and 21st century papers from the Washi: The Soul of Japan Committee in Kyoto. Both feature papers made with great skill and of exceptional beauty. The Gallery at NUA, St George's Street, Norwich NR3 1BB. 12 March - 20 April 2013. Tuesday - Saturday, 12.00 - 17.00.

56 paper artists from around the world respond to washi, organised by the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA). Mandell's Gallery and 20 Elm Hill Display Windows (11 March - 6 April); Anteros Arts Foundation and the ArtShopProject (11 March - 20 April). Within easy walking distance of the NUA Gallery. Details at:

CONFERENCE - WASHI: THE ART OF JAPANESE PAPER (NORWICH UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS) Saturday 16 March, 11.00-19.00. This day meeting features 6 experts on the traditional craft of paper making in Japan, its reception in Britain, and the use of washi in contemporary art. The event also includes a book-signing, bookshop and private view of the exhibitions. Cost (including lunch) £35, booking via

Sunday March 17th - The workshop demonstrations will provide a very special opportunity to watch and work with Japanese Masters of their craft. Spaces are limited and early booking is advised via

Saturday 23 March, 10.00. Workshop with Prue Dobinson: Introduction to Papermaking from Plants, 10-4.00pm. Book through Anteros Arts Foundation.

Sunday March 17, 14.30. Artist's gallery talk: Tatiana Ginsberg introduces her installation LA PÉROUSE'S LAST LETTERS. artshoproject (1 Earlham House Shops, Earlham Road, Norwich NR2 3PD)

Monday March 18, 19.00. Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society hosts 'In Collaboration with Paper' Tatiana Ginsberg at Fusion, The Forum (non-members £5 pay at the door, includes glass wine).

Thursday 21 March, 18.00. Nancy Broadbent Casserley gives a lecture on the 19th century Parkes Collection at The Norwich Cathedral Hostry. To book a place email or fax 01603 625011 up to two days before the lecture stating your name, number of seats required and a contact number.

Tuesday 19 March, 18.00. Nancy Casserley's book "Washi: The Art of Japanese Paper", being published by Kew next month. The full-colour book does full justice to the Economic Botany Collection at Kew's 19th century Japanese papers and also showcases 21st century papers. The book launch includes a short talk by Nancy, and is being held at Daiwa House in Regent's Park, Tuesday 19 March 2013, 18.00-20.30. The event is open to all but you must book ahead via the web page: click here (link on right to Booking Form). The book usually costs £15 but will be on special offer for £10 at this event.


For more information on the program, booking, locations, time: click here and here.


Issue 16/2 of our periodical IPH Paper History

distributed October 2012


Volume 16, Year 2012, Issue 2 of our periodical IPH Paper History has been distributed early October, and is now also available in a digital version (click here for 3 Mb pdf).


IPH Congress Book 2010

and issue 16/1 of IPH Paper History

Distributed May 2012


The Congress book 2010 has been distributed on 15 May

and all members must have received it by now.


Volume 16, Year 2012, Issue 1 of our periodical IPH Paper History has been distributed on 25 May, and is now also available in a digital version (click here for 7 Mb pdf).

In this issue you will find all relevant practical information about the 31. IPH congress 2012 in Basel and the Oberrhein region (16-20 September), including a registration form.



Fourteenth Annual

European Pulp & paper outlook Conference

March 5-7, 2012 | Marriott Hotel, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Learn more about this conference (ctrl+click here)




IPH Congress 2012

Call for papers


Please send us your suggestions for papers, following the instructions

in the attached pdf-document, in English, German or French (click on your preference).


Anna-Grethe Rischel




31st IPH Congress


17–19 September 2012


Baden Württemberg (Germany)

Basel (Switzerland)

Alsace (France)


Arrival: September 16th (Sunday after 16:00)

Departure: September 20th (Thursday before 12:00)


The Congress will cover the following three main

aspects: Paper Museums, watermarks and paper as

a decorative art. The overall theme of the congress

will be: Cultural and economical evolution of the

trinational Upper Rhine Region, especially its

history of paper and printing.

All members and friends of paper history are kindly

invited to join us in the Upper Rhine Region.


Congress coordinators: Dr. Sabine Schachtner (D), Dr. Denis Peaucelle (F)


Arrival Sunday 16/9 in the afternoon,

Departure 20/9 before noon



for information, view IPH Paper History and our home page

or contact our secretary:


Dr. Sabine Schachtner

Secretary of IPH

LVR- Industriemuseum

Papiermühle Alte Dombach

D – 51465 Bergisch Gladbach




TEL. +49 (0) 2202 936 680

Fax +49 (0) 2202 936 68-21

E-mail(not hyperlinked for spam-reasons): sabine.schachtner[et]


More information will be presented on this website in due time, so Stay Tuned!


Latest issue of our periodical Paper History 15/2

now available on-line

[5 October 2011]

Members of IPH will receive the printed version very soon

You may download the new issue in a pdf file (2,8 Mb)


Also available: issue 15/1 (May 2011) : click here


9th National Congress of Spanish Paper Historians

Madrid, 7-9 July 2011  

For information about this congress you may download this document in pdf.


Barcham Green’s papermoulds now online  

For the last year Simon Barcham Green been photographing his extensive collection of papermaking moulds and is now posting them online.

There are very few collections of paper moulds in the world and, although a few moulds are on display in paper museums, as far as we know, none of the main collections are accessible to the public. This is also the first online collection of photographs of moulds.  Papermaking moulds are beautiful as such and they have been the defining tool for the craft for the last two thousand years.

You may also visit his other website.


International congress in Valencia, 5-7 May 2011  

The congress will concentrate on paper as a support for manuscripts in the Middle Ages and the role of the village of Xàtiva.

For more information you are referred to the leaflet distributed by the organizers:

in Spanish

in English

in French



New Year Wishes 2011 from your president

To all old, new and future members of IPH - our International Association of Paper Historians.
With this greeting I wish to thank you for your dedication, interest and all your contributions to IPH in 2010, when we celebrated the 50th anniversary of IPH at the most successful 30th IPH congress in France in Angoulême 7 - 11 Octobre. I wish that you will continue with your inspiring national and international activities and contribute to the creation of the network of old and new paper historians.

Anna-Grethe Rischel


New issue 14/2 of the IPH periodical available

[November 2010]

Members of IPH have already received the printed version.

You may download the new issue in a pdf file (3 Mb): click here


Mª Dolores Díaz de Miranda y Macías

and Gerard van Thienen:

Spanish-Dutch collaboration in watermark research

Read more in the article by Mª Dolores Díaz de Miranda y Macías: click here (pdf-document)



IPH Congress 2010 Angoulême

Angoulême (F) 7 - 10 October 2010




The registration form for the IPH congress in Angoulême is missing in the latest digital issue of our periodical Paper History 1, Volume 14.

Please find the form attached in a pdf-file: angouleme2010.pdf


New issue 14/1 of the IPH periodical available

Members of IPH have already received the printed version.

You may download the new issue in a pdf file (3 Mb): iph3.pdf



PTS-CTP Deinking Symposium

München, 27-29 April 2010


Nach mehreren Jahren findet dieses Jahr das PTS-CTP Deinking Symposium wieder in München statt.


Schwerpunkte des ersten Tages sind Trends beim Deinking, bei der Altpapiersortierung und bei Messverfahren. Der zweite Tag richtet den Fokus auf Deinkingchemikalien, Aufbereitungstechnologie und DIP-Qualität sowie Abfall.  Das Symposium schließt am dritten Tag mit den Themenblöcken Stickys, Rezyklierbarkeit und Digitaldruck.

Breiten Raum haben wir dem Erfahrungsaustausch eingeräumt, u.a. mit einer Abendveranstaltung und dem täglichen Lunchangebot im Bereich der Fachausstellung.

Lassen Sie sich von dem Vortragsprogramm überzeugen, verabreden Sie sich mit Kollegen und nutzen Sie die Zeit in München, um sich zu informieren: in den Vorträgen und Diskussionen und in individuellen Gesprächen.


Auf finden Sie alle wichtigen Informationen zur Anmeldung, Anreise und Hotelzimmern.


New Year Wishes 2010

To all old and new members our International Association of Paper Historians (IPH).

With this greeting I want to thank you for your dedication, interest and contributions to IPH in 2009 - the interim year between the 29th IPH Congress 2008 in Sweden and the 30th IPH Congress 2010 in Angoulême in France 7 -11 October. I send you all my best wishes for a Happy New Year and I look forward to continuous inspiring activities in 2010 and in the future of our 50-years-old IPH.

Anna-Grethe Rischel
President of IPH

IPH Congress 2010 change of dates

The new dates are:


Angoulême (F) 7 - 10 October 2010

Arrival Thursday 6 October in the evening,
 with optional Excursion day Monday 11 October


New issue 2 of the IPH periodical available

Discontinued a few years ago for lack of contributions, new IPH president Anna-Grethe Rischel has taken up the editorship herself and has produced the first and second issue of this year.

Members of IPH have already received the printed version.

You may download the new issue 2 in a pdf file (3 Mb): just click here.

You may also download the issue 1 in a pdf file (21 Mb): just click here.



IPH celebrates its 50th birthday



Congratulations on the 50th anniversary of our international association IPH !


The first international meeting took place in Bamberg on 19-21 September 1959.

Only a few of the participants present knew each other, but they were immediately united in their mutual wish for the creation of an international association of watermark research, early use of industrial papers and research in paper history. IPH was born!


Read the letter of IPH president Anna-Grethe Rischel to the IPH members:


English version: LetterPres09.doc

German version: LetterPres09DU.doc

French version: LetterPres09FR.doc



IPH Congress 2010 call for papers

Angoulême (F) 7 – 10 October 2010


English version
: congress2010EN.doc

German version: congress2010DU.doc

French version: congress2010FR.doc



International Congress on Paper and Watermark History

on the occasion of 700th anniversary

of paper use and paper-based history in Hungary

3-5 May 2010

Place: Budavári Palota Wing F, National Széchenyi Library, Congress Hall

Organizer: Hungarian Paper and Watermark History Association


For invitation: hung2.doc

For application: hung1.doc

Resurrection of the IPH periodical

Discontinued a few years ago for lack of contributions, new IPH president Anna-Grethe Rischel has taken up the editorship herself and has produced the first issue of this year.

Members of IPH have already received the printed version.

You may download the new issue in a pdf file (21 Mb): just click here.


Addendum and corrigenda to Congress Book 2006

provided by Ton Lloret Ortínez of the Capellades Paper Museum

The main corrigendum is a new version of the article 'Remarks on the invention of true paper by Cai Lun' by former IPH-president Dr. Jozef Dabrowski (Poland), the addendum is an article by T. Espejo Arias, A. Durán Benito, A. López Montes and R. Blanc García, "Application of analytical technologies in the study of paper media in Hispano-Arabic manuscripts. A model of transition in 15TH century Granada" ("Aplicación de tecnologías de análisis para el estudio de los soportes de papel en manuscritos Hispano-Arabes. Un modelo de transición en la Granada del siglo XV"), which is not in the Congress Book.

You may download the document in pdf (1,7 Mb) by clicking here and make a print to insert in your copy of the yearbook (it is edited and in the same format).


President's Letter 2009

by IPH President Anna-Grethe Rischel, dated 27 February

Please download the letter (in a Word-document) here, just click on the version you prefer:

English version

French version

German version


In Memoriam Heiner Schmidt-Westman

Am 15. März 2008 verstarb, nach langer Krankheit, unser langjähriges Vorstandsmitglied und erfolgreicher Redaktor der sph-Kontakte, Heiner Schmidt. Heiner war, wie kaum jemand, Redaktor aus Leidenschaft. Als Sohn eines deutschen Vaters und einer Schweizer Mutter, verheiratet mit einer Schwedin, war sein internationales Interesse gegeben. Von seinem Großvater, dem Stadtarchivar Basels, Rudolf Wackernagel, erbte er das Interesse für die Geschichte und den Druck. Sein erster Beruf als Typograph und seine Tätigkeit im Verkauf für die Papierindustrie vermittelten die Liebe zum Druck und Papier. Über viele Jahre durften wir als Schweizer Papierhistoriker von seinen hervorragenden Artikeln und vielfältigen Kontakten profitieren. Wir sind Heiner Schmidt zu größtem Dank verpflichtet und sein Wirken werden wir in bleibender Erinnerung behalten.

Aktuar Rolf Maisch


Protocol of the 2008 IPH General Meeting in Stockholm

For the word-document of the protocol, click here.


In Memoriam

Rémy Barcham Green (1912-2004): in English by Dr. Richard Hills

Walter Kaefer (1920-2004): in
German or French by Alphonse Radermecker

Leo Utter (1929-2006): in
English by Esko Häkli


Report of the IPH congress in Stockholm and Uppsala
27–31 May 2008

For the congress report by our new IPH-president Anna-Grethe Rischel (Denmark), click here. Two impressions by former president Dr. Jozef Dabrowski:



Paper Manufacture in Central and Eastern Europe
Before the Introduction of Paper-making Machines
by Jozef Dabrowski

For an on-line version of this sizeable article (11 Mb in pdf file), click here.


Letter of the President of IPH, May 2008

For the letter of Dr Jozef Dabrowski click here.


Obituary Henk Voorn

copyright: Albert Elen, 1994

making paper by hand
during the 1994 congress
in Annonay, France


The IPH has lost its most prominent member Henk Voorn, who died in Arnhem, The Netherlands, on 7 April at the age of 86. He was privately buried in Eindhoven on 11 April in the presence of his elder sister, his two grandsons, his only great-grandchild and a few other relatives and friends. Dr. Henk Porck of the Dutch Royal Library was present at this solemn occasion and spoke in commemoration of Henk Voorn and his great merits in the field of paper history.

Henk Voorn has been an active paper historian since his early years in the paper business. Henk's life story is that of the self-educated man who becomes obsessed with his work and hobby and develops into a universally recognized authority in his field of expertise: the history of papermaking. Born in Amsterdam on 29 September 1921, Henk spent his childhood in the capital and received his education at a local grammar school, followed by trade school. He became involved in paper during his first job at the Firm of H.L. Schuurmans, a representative of foreign paper manufacturers (1937-1942). During World War II he was employed by the State Office for Paper (1942-1946), where he wrote his first report 'Paper during the War' (Papier in den oorlog), which unfortunately remained unpublished.

From its foundation in 1946 Henk was the first editor of the magazine 'Paper World' (Papierwereld). Three years later he made his first large financial investment and became the owner. In the more than 30 years that followed (until 1980 when the periodical was discontinued) he had a fulltime job as a publisher, being himself the most important contributor of articles and news items. At the same time Henk was actively collecting literature, documents and objects related to paperhistory. His home in Haarlem, where he and his wife Marja and little daughter Marianne had moved to in 1952, was also his office, his library, gradually developing into a private museum.

He was a pioneer in Dutch paperhistory, the author of 'The History of the Dutch Paper Industry' (De geschiedenis der Nederlandse papierindustrie), his magnum opus, published in three bulky volumes in 1960, 1973 and 1985. He had received the official commission to write this history from the Association of Dutch Paper Manufacturers in 1954. For this purpose the Foundation for the Research of the History of the Paper Industry in The Netherlands was created, with Henk Voorn as its director.

His vast network of international contacts developed into the International Association of Paper Historians, which was offically founded in Bamberg in 1959. During the third congress in Ambert (1963), Henk was elected the first president, retiring in 1974 and being elected the first honorary president on that occasion. Henk's commitment to our association and all its activities is beyond description. He was as devoted to IPH as he was to paper, acting as the editor of the periodical IPH Information for many years, also making contributions to nearly every issue ('filling the gaps').

In 1971 his collection was acquired by the Dutch Royal Library in The Hague, the national library of the Netherlands. He was at the same time appointed the first curator of the Paper-Historical Collection, one of the library's reserve collections. This acquisition and appointment by a major institution in itself was a recognition of the importance and great merits of Henk Voorn. This recognition was followed by the honour bestowed upon him in 1985, when he was made a Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau by the Dutch Queen Beatrix.

When he reached the age of 65 Henk was forced to retire as a curator of HIS collection at the Dutch Royal Library, obligatory under Dutch law. I was witness to his farewell and honoured to be his successor, appointed three months before, in order to ensure a smooth transition. On this occasion Henk received a Festschrift titled VOORNamelijk papier ('Primarily Paper'), which contains contributions by - among others - his close friends and paper historians Edo Loeber and Bé van Ginneken-van de Kasteele, who described his life and career. The book also contains a detailed list of Voorn's publications, books and articles alike, numbering almost 200. He remained involved in the activities of the Paper-Historical Collection, always available for assistance and advise, although this gradually diminished during the years of growing older. After his retirement Henk moved east from Leiden to Velp in the province of Gelderland, where, most appropriately, he bought an appartment opposite a historical paper mill site.

Henk's life has known grief and sorrow as well. He lost his wife who died too young in 1980, and later on also his daughter and his son-in-law. In his last years his health was deteriorating and he was forced to move to a nursing home in Arnhem. The last time Henk Voorn was among us was during the IPH Congress in Rome in 2002, which he attended together with his long-time partner Mettha Schreurs. He then already announced that this 25th congress, all of which he had attended - and many supervised as well - would probably the last.

In Henk Voorn we lose a good friend and a great scholar, who will live on in our memories.

Albert J. Elen

copyright: Albert Elen, 1992       copyright: Albert Elen, 1990

Left, from right to left: Henk Voorn with his successors at the Dutch Royal Library, Dr. Albert Elen (1986-1990) and Dr. Henk Porck (1990-) during the Vienna congress in 1992
Right, from right to left: 3rd President Dr. Richard L. Hills (1984-88), 1st President Henk Voorn (1963-74), 4th President Dr. Peter F. Tschudin (1988-98), 2nd President Dr. Hans B. Kälin (1974-84), Vice-President George T. Mandl (1986-97), during the Malmédy congress in 1990


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