Our aims are :
To promote better awareness of the pipe as a cultural, artistic and social phenomenon.
To highlight its place in the history of peoples and civilizations.
To collect, preserve and disseminate evidence relating to its history.
To encourage research concerning the past, present or future of the subject.
What we do :
The Academy came into being in 1984 on the initiative of a Frenchman, André-Paul Bastien with our inaugural meeting held in Paris in 1985. Initially based in Italy it moved to France in 1992. The Academy has always tried to promote knowledge and research about tobacco pipes and their use in every era, in all parts of the world and from every angle, whether cultural, artistic, scientific, sociological or ethnographic. In 2008 we moved our head office to Liverpool, in the UK, under new charitable articles of association (Registered Charity Number 1126166) and new Internal Rules.