I had passed the paper museum on the way to Sainsburys; how boring I thought. How wrong could I have been. Quite the best museum I went to all year. Really interesting that mass produced paper was first made in Hemel. In its day cheap paper revolutionised communications as much as the internet did a few years ago. Without it no news papers, affordable books etc. Strongly recommend.
Open on Thursdays and the 1st Sunday of each Month for groups of less than 10 (no booking needed).
Frogmore is a lovely venue for a fun and educational family day out – truly something for everyone. Paper is a massively fascinating, yet much overlooked invention. A visit here tends to amaze, and families leave with a new perspective on this humble material, having seen it produced by hand and by machine and had a go themselves. The production of paper is truly magical. We house two Fourdrinier papermaking machines, one originally built in 1895, and a second, smaller machine that was the world’s first Research & Development paper machine, built in 1902. It is on this smaller, 1902 machine that we make paper nearly every day for visitors to see.
Your visit will comprise a guided tour of approximately 40-60 minutes, which includes learning about the 2000 year history of paper, its transition from handmade to machine made paper production, fibre science, the local paper legacy, canals, heritage fire brigade and the chance to make your own sheet of paper to take home with you.
All tours are conducted by one of our specialist guides because the mill is an active manufacturing location. We endeavour to ensure that the machine is running on open days and when booked groups are present, occasionally this is not possible so do feel free to call and check.