About Us


Our History

How the IAPM Got its Start

In 1994, there was an initial suggestion of creating a network of printing museums around the world. This was then prompted by a very successful conference that was organized in 2016 in Cheongju, Republic of Korea.

The aim of the conference was to gather printing museums and individuals in the field of printing heritage and closely related fiends, in order to bring something to the fore. More than 47 institutions and specialists from 21 countries participated and shared a common vision to cooperate for the prosperity of printing culture.

A Working Group was set up and an official workshop convened in Cheongju in the fall of 2017, laying the groundwork for the establishment of the Association.

The IAPM was officially established on August 30, 2018 and received its members during the first General Meeting on October 1, 2018. This founding meeting was attended by some 80 international delegates, including representatives from 20 countries around the world.

  • 2018
    • Official Establishment of IAPM
      Founding Meeting,
      2018 IAPM Conference “Be Open” (Cheongju, Korea)
  • 2017
    • IAPM Working Group European Part Meeting (Chania, Greece)
    • IAPM Working Group Workshop (Cheongju, Korea)
  • 2016
    • IAPM Meeting and Conference (Cheongju, Korea)
  • 2015
    • Survey on the need for a printing network
    • A Working-level meeting on the establishment of the IAPM (Germany)
  • 2014
    • Initial suggestion of IAPM network establishment

Expanding Our Network

Connecting Printing Museums Around the World

By 2020, the IAPM had grown to over 45 institutions from 21 countries.

The IAPM boasts an array of institutional and individual members from printing museums to letterpress workshop, printing workshop, and more.

Others may join the IAPM in the future, and we are confident that we will provide a venue for networking and collaborating.