Frogmore Paper Mill Hertfordshire
Frogmore Paper Mill, Fourdrinier Way, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, HP3 9RY
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What we offer
Watch our working 1902 Fourdrinier machine producing beautiful specialist papers, or our papermaker in action at the hand vat, while you are here.
We cater for all age groups from Key Stage 1, 2, 3 to 4+ and are able to offer themed sessions linked to school curriculum. We are ideal for recycling, changing and application of materials, science and the Industrial Revolution. All very hands on and children are usually amazed how fascinating humble paper is.
Our 2-3 hour programmes are tailored to either primary or secondary school classes.
Our popular Enterprise Days of 5 hours for Secondary School students, offer workplace related activities, to encourage problem solving, teamwork, business skills and real time deadlines.
We also offer sessions to undergraduate and postgraduate students which focus on in depth historical and scientific knowledge.
What makes us a great choice?
We are one of the few working industrial heritage centres which invite members of the public to see manufacturing in action. Frogmore Paper Mill is a unique place to visit, covering industrial revolution, science (changing materials), recycling, canals, letterpress, braille, and papermaking and mill tour –all very hands-on and informative. We aim to make learning fun and testimonials prove that we succeed.
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Accreditation and Awards
We are LOtC Quality Badge accredited Registration no: R1QB103152
What is typically included?
Typically, a booking is for 2.5 hours. This includes an introductory presentation, papermaking, mill tour and a third activity of your choice from our selection. This enables staff to adapt the visit to further meet curriculum requirements. We build in a short refreshment break and groups are welcome to eat packed lunches here. The team can also deliver a fun (but thinking) boat race if there is time and weather permits.
We have a paper shop which includes small pocket money items and souvenirs. We are happy to extend and customise the length of bookings, so please do talk to us and see how we can meet your needs.
Group Sizes Catered For
The majority of groups are of 30-40 children, though we occasionally have larger groups of 60 and smaller of 10-12. Groups stay together for the presentation but are then broken into sub groups of approximately 10-12 for the activities.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Most of our workshops have an accompanying worksheet and students hence leave with a reminder of the knowledge they have gained and the starting point for further discussion or investigation back at school. We do not offer teacher packs but can assist with additional information on request. We also offer papermaking loan kits to use in the classroom.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Photography and video are welcomed.
Risk Assessment Details
Teachers can call and book a pre-visit Health and Safety tour. We supply risk assessments for all of our workshops and these are also available to download on our website: https://www.thepapertrail.org.uk/schools
Education Officer Information
Education Manager email firstname.lastname@example.org Or call 01442 234600 and ask for Sue or Maureen.
We charge £6.50 +VAT per head, per child with a minimum charge of £80 +VAT. A longer session is typically £8.50 +VAT. Enterprise Days are £17.50 +VAT and specialist students exploring papermaking in depth £20 +VAT. We do not charge teachers or carers, except above our standard staff:student ratios.
We recommend that visitors bring a coat as the working mill is an old building and can be very cold. Sensible footwear is essential as mill floors are uneven, there are stairs and lots of water. Visitors are given Health and Safety instruction and remain in safe walkways. A 2 person lift is available for those unable to cope with the stairs.
First Aid Information
Schools should bring a first aider and we also have First Aiders on site.
We have a large multi-use teaching room which we invite school groups to use to eat packed lunches and in fine weather they may sit outside.
We have a paper shop selling our machine and handmade papers, Studio Pads, notebooks, postcards, papermaking and paper construction kits, as well as paper related books. Pens, pencils, fridge magnets, keyrings, rulers, small books and other items are £3 or less.
We have male, female and disabled toilets and a baby changing facility.
Coach parking is available on site.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
We have ramp entry to our building and a 2person lift from the ground to pulper floor. If we know in advance, we can take wheelchair users a different route to see the larger 1895 machine which is not accessible by lift. We can place additional seating on the tour route if required. We are happy to support special needs and make everyone welcome. It is important to note that the machine room can be noisy.
We have 2 disabled car parking spaces at our front entrance and can also accommodate a minibus when required.
Opening Hours & Information
We can take school groups from Monday to Friday, typically with 10am start until 12.30.
“At the end of the school year the children are asked which trip was their favourite. Frogmore wins hands down - even over the zoo!” The Wroxham School
'What a WONDERFUL day we all had and every child came away the richer for sure.'
Berkhamsted Preparatory School
“The tour was fascinating, and the sessions were interesting and enjoyable. The children and their parents thoroughly enjoyed the day, and we hope to be able to return in the future.” – Rabbi Rachel Benjamin, South Bucks Jewish School
“I can’t thank you all enough for the hard work, time and effort you all put in yesterday. The buzz around rooms and at the end of the day was fantastic - more than I was hoping for! Students and staff alike were full of ideas and I know one school - not mine... - has already seen the head about things they want to do which is great!”