The visitor centre at Frogmore Mill is open from Monday to Thursday 10.30-4.30pm. For more information visit the Paper Trail website. To read more about the history of paper-making please look at the articles Birth of an Industry, People and Paper, and Water the resource.
Demand for paper grew from 1500-1800 due to a general increase in population and wealth and the growth of overseas trade, as well the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. It is thought that in England, between 1601 and 1650, forty one paper mills existed, expanding to over 500 in 1800.
The challenge to mechanise the paper-making process began with a French man, Nicholas Louis Robert, who worked at St. Léger Didot’s paper mill in Essonnes. Robert designed and built the first ‘endless wire’ paper machine in 1798. These plans were brought to England in 1801 by Didot´s brother-in-law, John Gamble, where Henry and Sealy Fourdrinier involved themselves in the project.
The Paper Trail located at Frogmore Mill, Hemel Hempstead, is the site of the first continuous paper making machine in the world. The Apsley Paper Trail’s aim is to conserve, restore and maintain Frogmore as a working paper mill using their hundred year-old Fourdrinier-type paper machine.
The Dacorum Heritage Trust was involved with the Apsley Paper Trail in creating a permanent exhibition within the new Visitor Centre at Frogmore Mill.
•Provided heritage support to Apsley Paper Trail.
•Provided advice and guidance on heritage features including the paper mill, printing and the handmade paper.
•Detailed story line and concepts were developed for the heritage displays, both at Frogmore Mill and the John Dickinson site.
•A design brief was provided, based on the approved story line, to assist the architect and museum designer.
•DHT worked closely with APT and the museum designer throughout the design process.
•Provided paper making artefacts from DHT’s own collections for long term display.
•Supplied images and sketches for display panels.
•Suggested themes for a programme of changing temporary displays.
•DHT Curatorial Staff will provide support for APT, including documentation, display and conservation of collections, acquisition of new material and help with the process of museum registration to conform with national museum standards.
•Provide ongoing written advice on conservation requirements for artefacts used in displays (e.g. lighting levels, relative humidity and temperature).
•Offer advice on the insurance of artefacts on loan to APT.
By Dacorum Heritage Trust