Apsley Paper Trail

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The world of paper - from its industrial beginnings to its sustainable future.
The Paper Trail project is a unique activity-based industrial sustainability 'exploration' centre built around the two sites – Frogmore Mill and Apsley Mills – that were the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution 200 years ago. Frogmore Mill is still a working paper mill and offers access into the heart of this real working environment for schools, community groups and the general public.

The project allows visitors to learn about and experience:

* the past of an industry that helped shape the modern world
* the present of commercial recycled papermaking (on a Victorian, steam driven machine)
* the future of one of the world's few inherently sustainable industries - paper.

Frogmore Mill is the world's oldest commercial mechanised paper mill and has specialised in recycled papermaking for 110 years. Our current recycling scheme - Paper Magic for schools - is intended to turn Frogmore into one of industry's newest sustainability concepts, the community recycling mill.

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Visits only by prior appointment - weekdays, weekends, evenings. Check website for details of public open days.

Closed: December 23rd to January 5th.

Admission charges

Group tours can now be arranged by appointment or on specified open days. Suggested donations - £5.00 Adults, £3.50 Students & Children. Members, Free.

Collection details

Archives, Inland Waterways, Industry, Science and Technology, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Paper
  • Papermaking
  • Handmade paper
  • Recycling
  • Recycled paper
  • Fourdrinier paper machine (1895)
  • Steam Engine
  • Sustainability
  • Grand Junction/Union canal
  • 1937 Fire Engine
  • 1890's Fire Pump
  • Scale Model of Port Sunlight Paper Machine
  • Trials (mini) paper machine
  • Waterwheel Mill Race
  • John Dickinson Boardroom
  • Canal Ferry Boat - Canal/River trips
  • War Memorial

Apsley Paper Trail
Frogmore Mill, Fourdrinier Way, Apsley
Apsley Mills Cottage, London Road, Apsley
Hemel Hempstead


Main website


Schools recycling scheme website



Visits & Tours


Schools Programmes & Events


Volunteer Opportunities




Paper Sales



Main Switchboard

01442 234600

Paper Sales

01442 231234

Visits & Tours

01442 275743

Education & Training

01442 275732


Head Office

01442 275748

Paper Sales

01442 275749

Paper Magic

01442 275749

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.