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 Association of European Printing Museums

Association of European Printing Museums

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Address Rue de la Mutualité, 58, BE-1180, Uccle, Brussels, Belgium
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The Association of European Printing Museums (AEPM) was founded in February 2003 with the aim of encouraging co-operation among European printing museums and promoting printing heritage as an important part of European cultural heritage.It was originally an informal group formed around a project entitled “Preservation of historical printing skills”, whose purpose was to bring together museum specialists with a view to preserving traditional printing skills and techniques. Although many European printing museums and workshops already had the necessary knowledge and skills to do this, it was felt that there was a clear demand for specially trained museum staff which would increase considerably in the future as what were once widespread industrial processes receded into the past.It rapidly became apparent that printing and related museums do not operate in a vacuum. They naturally cooperate, on an almost daily basis, with the many collectors and heritage workshops who play an essential rôle in preserving both the machines and the skills of printing as it has been practised over the centuries, whether in a craft, industrial, or post-industrial environment.
  • In September 2012, the AEPM opened its membership to workshops and collectors active in the field of printing heritage.
  • In February 2014, the AEPM was formally constituted as a not-for-profit association registered in Brussels under Belgian law.
  • In October 2015, it officially opened its membership to interested organisations and individuals beyond its original European remit.

As a broad network of museums, heritage workshops and collectors, the activities of the AEPM are focused on:
  • the exchange of information, experience, and knowledge of the machines and skills which were once common in the printing trade but which have been superseded by modern industrial processes,
  • the training of specialists in traditional printing methods with a view to actively preserving them and transmitting them to future generations,
  • the development of new techniques of presentation and mediation of printing heritage with a view to creating a better understanding the links between communication technologies of the past and present.

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Association of European Printing Museums