Peter Ingram MBE

Dear all,

It is with great sadness that I write to tell you that Peter passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, 16th March.

Whilst he was a founder of The Apsley Paper Trail, few knew that this project began way back in 1988. The then Master of the Stationers, George Mandl, charged Peter, through his company Paper Publications, to organise and promote the Paper 500, to celebrate papermaking coming to Britain in 1488. In addition to filling the Guild Hall with 500 people for the celebratory dinner, raising money to produce and place a stained glass window commemorating 500 years of paper making in England in Stationers Hall, Peter headed a team that produced a pack of promotional literature encouraging school children and young adults to consider the paper industry as a career. This pack included 6 wall charts, a 256-page book, samples and teachers notes. In 1990, supported by the paper industry, the pack was distributed to over 17,000 schools and colleges throughout the UK, coinciding with the full roll out of the National Curriculum. It was the unexpected response from these schools to visit a paper mill that the seed was sewn to create some 10 years later, The Apsley Paper Trail.

In the early 60’s, having left Leeds Grammar School, he went to work for Petty’s, a printer in Leeds, where Kenneth Petty persuaded Peter to take a diploma in printing and papermaking. He accepted the job of Paper Buyer for the British Printing Corporation (BPC had 52 printing companies) in 1973. He left in 1981 when Maxwell took over BPC. Peter set up Paper Management Services offering technical assistance on print/paper related problems, followed by Grampian Paper, supplying paper and paper management to book publishers. He also launched the Paper and Board Market Digest. The latter two publications formed part of Paper Publications when he launched the successful B2B Paper Focus Magazine.

In the latter 25 years of his life, his passion was the Paper Trail, the history of the Gade Valley, (signposted the Paper Valley), John Dickinson and the 19th century polymaths who supported him.

Peter leaves behind Kathleen his wife, three children, and 5 grandchildren.

Yours sincerely,

John Watson

Chair of Trustees

The Apsley Paper Trail