Please help the Archive
Welcome to the National Pipe Archive (NPA)
The National Pipe Archive (NPA) was founded to collect and preserve documentary and archaeological evidence relating the the history and culture of pipe smoking. A publicly available display highlighting the NPA's holdings and research can be seen in the Victoria Gallery and Museum at the University of Liverpool and the NPA's extensive collections can be consulted by prior appointment.
This website has been set up provide a guide to our collections and to make some of the more significant elements of it available online. In particular, these pages are intended to help you with all your pipe related queries and to provide a 'one stop shop' for anyone trying to identify pipes or prepare a report on excavated material. Although the bulk of our holdings relate to the clay tobacco pipe industry, our extensive collections also include pipes made of all materials - briar, porcelain, metal etc. - as well as other tobacco and smoking related ephemera.
So how can we help?
Any bona fide student or researcher is most welcome to come and use the NPA, by prior appointment. If you cannot find what you are looking for on our website you can contact us and arrange a visit to view the collections in person by emailing NCTPA@talktalk.net.
To go straight to our blog site, which gives you our up-to-date news, just click pipearchive - and don't forget to "follow us" for automatic updates.
Finally, if you would like to support the Archive and help us to maintain this valuable research resource, then please click our donate button. We would be most grateful for any support you can give.