Free admission to the gallery, shop and café. Come along and take a look.

On now until the end of September 2021

OUR PAPER PAST

An exhibition of photographs and artefacts, revealing how the Gade Valley used to look. Exterior and aerial images of  Two Waters, Frogmore, Apsley, Nash and Home Park paper mills, which were once a burgeoning industry and the birthplace of paper’s Industrial Revolution.  See the scale of the many mill departments, including: paper production, fire, bookbinding, stationery, envelopes, packing, printing, die cutting and administration. See the trades required for the successful operation of the mills and the army of workers, from the local area.  The inventions and success of the paper mills of Apsley, Nash Mills and Kings Langley, changed this part of Hertfordshire forever.

Sport and the Paper Mills.  A visual exploration of the paper mills and their long association with sport. The John Dickinson Company Ltd. sports teams, their part in local history and a surprising link to The Calcutta Cup.

If you’ve ever visited Frogmore Paper Mill you will be familiar with a life size papier mâché figure of a newspaper seller, fondly known as Bert. He has been with us many years, frightened a few staff in the dark, been out on the road and visitors have a fascination for touching his teeth. ‘Bert’ is the work of renowned papier mâché artist Philip Cox, who bored one Christmas Day, is said to have started making his first figure out of the used wrapping paper. There began a lifetime career, making paper characters, such as tourists, old ladies taking tea, famous artists and animals. The works are now scattered throughout our main visitor displays… don’t say we didn’t warn you!