Museum objectives

An avant-garde museum

Founded in 1958, by a gruop of papermaking industrialists, the Capellades Paper Mill Museum has always had a dual structure, since it is both a museum and a mill where the preservation and dissemination of our historical and industrial papermaking tradition come together and are complemented thanks to the maintenance of our hand made papermaking tradition. This duality gives the museum its unique character.
Today, the museum forms part of the National Sicence and Technology Museum of Catalonia.

Keeping the memory alive

The museu safeguards an important collection mainly comprising tools, machinery, labels, wooden stamps and paper, from the 12th century onwards.
One of the aims of the museum is to complete and increase its collections through a policy of acquisitions and donations.
However, in addition to preserving the building and its collections, the museum aims to promote the preservation of the lanscape created buy Catalonia’s industrial papermaking heritage.

The Documentation Centre: Gathering and ordering knowledge

The museum’s Documentation Centre has a specialised library containing more than 600 titles related to the world of paper; as well as an archive containing various personal collections, notably the Oriol Valls, Pau Vila and the Francesc Bofarull i Sans collections. The museum also house the one of the best collection nof packets of cigarettes of the world.

Dissemination and Education: Learning to love paper

The museum recives more than 31,00 visitors a year who come to learn about the process of making paper by hand by directly obsering the work of the artisans working in the mill. The museum offers differents workshops where visitors can make their own sheet of paper, This personal experience, and its accompanying emotions and sensations, helps reinforce the knowlegde gained during the visit.
The museum also actively organises congresses, courses and seminars on specialised paper related topics.

Industry: Commitment to the private sector

Founded thanks to an initiative by group of industrial papermakers, printers and publishers, the museum has always made an effort to maintain its strict link with these industries.
The museum recives aid from a good number of sponsoring companies and from the Association of Histroic Paper Studies, an organisation encompassing more than 50 companies from different sectors.

The environment: Paper than respects the natural world

The museum also seek to publicize paper recycling processes and to this aim organize an special workshop and have didactic material on this subject.
The recycled paper produced at the museum has been graned a certificate of environmental excellence by the Environment Department of the Generalitat de Catalunya.

On the map

The museum has been instrumental in creating a network of international contacts through participation in and co-organising congresses, or by taking part in international events related to the museum and/or to paper; as well as through playing a leading role in the process linking all of Europe’s paper mills, known as the Watermark Route.

The museum’s mill continues to make high-quality handmade paper, using different fibres, sizes, colours and watermarks.
The paper produced in the museum is ideal for graphic work, book publishing, diplomas, etc.
The museum also manufacures a line of products of paper that combines handmade paper with designer characteristics.
The museum has made specialised paper for Ferran Adrià, The Carles Santos Company, the Carme Balcells Literar Agency and the Catalan Government: the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Bodian Library, etc.
Throug this activity, the museum is ensuring the transmission of a manufacturing process with deep roots in our country.