Paper Museum

From forest to paper

The Navigator Company has sponsored the new permanent exhibition area at the Paper Museum entitled "From Forest to Paper", which explains the sustainable paper production cycle.

Officially opened in 2001 and housed in two paper mills dating from the early nineteenth century, the Terras de Santa Maria Paper Museum, in Paços de Brandão, Santa Maria da Feira, is an industrial museum which tells the story of paper manufacture.

Our committed support for this venture is in line with the policy of social responsibility pursued by The Navigator Company, which focuses on educational projects, seeking to raise public awareness, especially amongst people, of the importance of preserving and improving Portugal's woodlands and its forest-based products such as paper. The Paper Museum shares these educational goals.

Since its founding, the Paper Museum has had close ties with the paper industry and a warm relationship with The Navigator Company, which has now grown closer thanks to the new permanent display "From Forest to Paper".

This has provided the museum with an exciting new attraction, conceptually distinct from the rest of the museum. The aim of this project was to design a display which would reflect the reality of paper today, originating from properly managed forests that respect biodiversity and offer a guarantee of sustainability. To explain how paper is now made, by obtaining cellulose pulp, at large pulp and paper mills, and all the different formats and uses.

Designed essentially with school parties in mind, this display means the Paper Museum can offer visitors a fresh perspective on the recent history of the public and paper industry in Portugal and sets out to explain the sustainable paper production cycle and show the structural importance of the pulp and paper industries in generating wealth, jobs and a better standard of living in Portugal.

Our committed support for this venture is in line with the policy of social responsibility pursued by The Navigator Company, which focuses on educational projects, seeking to raise public awareness, especially amongst people, of the importance of preserving and improving Portugal's woodlands and its forest-based products such as paper. The Paper Museum shares these educational goals.

Divided into eight subsections allowing visitors to travel from the forest to direct contact with the types of paper available for the most varied uses, "From Forest to Paper" is an exhibition consisting of interactive displays using a range of paper media to highlight the complementary relationship between the two communication media: paper and digital.