We British love our specialist interest groups

Perhaps I should join the Surrey Industrial History Group, as I seem to be attending all of their 43rd evening lecture series this year. Too lazy to complete the application form, probably.

This week’s lecture was Paper and Making it by Machine by Phil Crockett, Treasurer of the British Association of Paper Historians.

Phil’s lecture examined the progress of mechanisation in papermaking. While the principles of the process of making paper have not changed, Phil’s lecture showed how much mechanisation had changed the way paper is made.  Any of the YouTube videos show modern paper making.

While I enjoyed the lecture, what struck me was that there was an organisation purely dedicated to the history of papermaking. Is it something in our British character that prompts people to establish such organisations, and others to join them?