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SIX MONTHS ON: Apsley’s historic paper mill appeals for community help to survive

 Published on: 22nd July 2022   |   By: Christina Pantelly   |   Category: Uncategorized

Today (July 22) marks  the six-month anniversary since the Frogmore Paper Mill suffered a major fire that destroyed its visitor centre.

Following the catastrophic fire, staff and volunteers are asking the local community to help them rise from the ashes and continue donating to the Frogmore Paper Mill.

The blaze on January 22 this year, led to a 13-year-old boy being arrested on charges of arson. Staff and volunteers said since that terrible day, they have worked around the clock to save historic artefacts and clear the burnt remains off the site, protecting our waterways and wildlife throughout.

Built using original steelwork and timbers going back to the 1880s, it was furnished with a shop, café, gallery, museum, conference centre and artisanal workshops for letterpress printing and traditional bookbinding.  It welcomed hundreds of thousands of people, hosting educational sessions for schools, exhibitions, conferences, courses, fairs, theatrical shows and community events.

Sue Woolnough, education and design manager at the Paper Mill said: We need your help to continue our recovery, build a new entrance and keep the surviving Medieval and Victorian mill buildings and machinery intact.

“With your help, we can create a sustainable future for Frogmore, the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution and the only remaining working paper mill in Hertfordshire. Our ambition is to become a world heritage site, celebrating our unique place in the history of education and communication. The first Fourdrinier paper machine was installed and operated here in 1803, bringing the world cheap, plentiful paper which shaped the society we live in today. Losing Frogmore would spell the end of the paper story in Hertfordshire, the place where it all began.”

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