BBTI was founded
in 1983 by Peter C. G. Isaac, Professor Emeritus of Civil and
Public Health Engineering, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Originally supported by the University of Newcastle upon Tyne
and the Sir James Knott Charitable Trust, the project later received
financial assistance from the British Academy and the Leverhulme
Sadly, Professor Isaac died in June 2002, shortly after seeing
the project established at Birmingham. Peter Isaac was a highly
respected historian of the British provincial book trade and a
former President of the Bibliographical
Society. He was also the founding editor of Quadrat,
a periodical bulletin of research in progress on the British book
trade. Quadrat is now edited
by Catherine Armstrong..
three-year project hosted at the University
of Birmingham was funded by the Arts
and Humanities Research Council and ended on 31 March 2005.