Educational Visits at Frogmore Paper Mill
We spoke to Frogmore Paper Mill about how they can help students across a broad range of national curriculum subjects, and of ages from early years to degree level and beyond.
Which students can Frogmore Paper Mill cater for?
We can deliver to age 5 and upwards (including the professionals) and everyone takes something away with them, even pure industrial insight. To make a basic sheet of handmade paper is simple and achievable for all. The complexity comes commercial requirements. We keep, waiting to take a turn, to a minimum by creating sub-groups for the activities and keeping everyone busy. Group size can be from 10 to 60 students and curriculum match the activities from Materials Science to GCSE D&T. At Frogmore students can explore Paper Weaving, Braille, Paper under the Microscope, Industrial Revolution and Victorian Working Life in the Mill, Local History, the Canals and Printing. For art students we can extend the tour and papermaking to give greater experience. Talk to us and we customise. We are Covid safe and risk assess everything we do. We have ramps and a lift and will go at the pace required.
What types of educational experiences do you cover?
Frogmore Paper Mill is the site of the first mechanised paper machine in the world, back in 1803. The second type of paper machine was also invented in Apsley in 1809, so we are the village that brought the world machine made paper. Up until then, there was only, the slow to produce and therefore expensive, handmade paper. This is hard to imagine today.
Frogmore is a working museum; a mill making paper commercially and an education centre. We aim to make learning fun and it is very hands-on. Groups can try their hand at making handmade paper, tour the mill and see the magic of the machine in action and try other related activities. We deliver workshops matching curriculum content for Materials using microscopes to explore how paper is made and how easily recycled it is, Braille with Brailler machines to use, what life was like working in a Victorian paper mill age 10, how paper changed the world and printing created a revolution in ideas. Our local studies can include a walk to demonstrate how the markers of the past are still there. We also cover recycling and environmental issues. Our Design and Technology – Paper workshop combines paper, print and bookbinding. We tell the stories, demonstrate the tools and equipment needed and introduce the key personalities of the paper revolution. We are always happy to discuss content. The more we know about your group, the better we can fulfil your educational objectives.
How do visitors react to a trip to Frogmore?
Most find it unexpectedly fascinating and exciting. It changes their view of paper. People don’t think about how important paper is in their lives until they stop and realise how much they use it and rely on it. Far from a boring production visit, we aim to ensure that everyone has fun while absorbing an awful lot of facts. Paper has so many stories attached to it, is so versatile, is interesting both scientifically and historically and just fun to make, that visitors realise this humble, flat, white stuff, has far more to it than they ever expected. Our philosophy is if groups are having fun, they are engaged and learning.
What is the experience like?
A trip to Frogmore is very hands-on. Paper engages the senses, papermakers use all five senses, our visitors see, feel, hear, smell the paper mill. It is surprising, fun and informative. We are one of the few working Industrial Heritage sites a school can visit. It is pure kinaesthetic learning. We begin with an illustrated overview, then split into groups to try hand papermaking, take a guided tour to see the paper machine in action and many other stories of the past. Everyone takes something from it. Delivery is by staff and our expert volunteers, everyone is friendly and our aim is to ensure you meet the outcomes you wish to achieve. We are usually told that children talk about it for days.
Can you customise?
We are more than happy to talk to you. We deliver to all abilities and ages so the more we know about the group and your requirements, the more we can help you meet them. We do a standard 2.5 hour visit, which is presentation, papermaking and a third workshop from our list and a longer day which adds a 4th workshop. Also is you have time we can add a fun boat race, which has a bit of thinking involved too. The children don’t get wet, the staff get in the waders to deliver the race on our backstream. Ask and we will see what we do.
What can you help teachers beyond a trip?
We have newly created, curriculum linked Teachers Packs for KS1 and 2 Science and History. Sustainable Paper is in production. Packs are fact packed, complementary to our workshops, illustrated A4 cards. They give the staff that they need to know, offer suggested experiments and activities. The Science packs include, 3 films to show the class and a mould and deckle to make paper. Local History has walks and ideas to bring the past alive and learn outside the classroom.
If you are interested in hearing a bit more about how Frogmore Paper Mill can help you with planning your school's next educational day trip then why not get in touch here.
Frogmore Paper Mill
Teacher Reviews: ★★★★★
A unique working industrial site, birthplace of paper's industrial revolution and still making paper with heritage machinery today. 'What a WONDERFUL day we all had and every child came away the richer for sure.'- teacher, Berkhamsted.
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