of the sprawling Dickinson's site has been taken up by new housing
developments. But a corner of the plot has been saved for a national
Paper Museum, to celebrate the links between the industry and the
Paper Trail is the brainchild of Peter Ingram, who has been involved
in the paper and printing trades throughout his working life.
the help of Dacorum Borough Council, he's secured two separate sites
for what he hopes will become a national visitor attraction.
will enter the Paper Trail at the gates of the former mill opposite
take a narrow-boat ride along the Grand Union Canal and the River
Gade to Frogmore Mill, where they can see a working paper machine,
producing recycled board and paper.
by boat, visitors will be able to enjoy handmade papermaking and
paper sculpture at a state of the art building on the old Apsley
of paper related artefacts have been accummulated by the Paper Trail
and these will be displayed here too.
Dozens of examples were left behind when the company moved on, and
many more have been donated by former employees and other local
include one of the first ever paper napkins produced in Europe.
fire engine dating from the Second World War has also survived along
with a set of uniforms for its firemen.
Dickinson helped to bring mechanised paper making to Hemel Hempstead
as far back as 1809 and built his pioneering business into a key
part of the local economy.
he retired from the trade in 1859 and died ten years later, his
company went from strength to strength.
its peak, around the time of the Second World war, John Dickinson's
employed more than 7000 workers.
Paper Trail aims to celebrate this connection to the local community,
as well as looking to the future for the paper trade.
executive Jacky Bennett says: "We hope local people will get involved
with something that we hope will be a local, national and international
Morgan, Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin USA
12-Aug-2004 11:11:13 BST
I am a handmade paper artist visiting England from the US. I
was very excited to hear about your project and want to know
more about it, if I can do anything to assist you or if I can
submitt slides of my artwork for display in your gallery space.
I have studied hand papermaking with Timothy Barrett, University
of Iowa. I use both Asian and Western fibers, sheet formation
methods in the traditional manner. I use external sizing and
then apply surface designs formed from walnut dye, inks, fabric
dyes, watercolor or acrylics that I make. I am dedicated to
the study of papermaking and want to help in preserving the
traditions and craft. My advanced degree is a Ph.D. in counseling
and organizational development from the University of WI, USA
and have consulted with many businesses. As a papermaker, I
am primarily self taught regarding sculptural and surface des!
ign applications. I am also able to travel and committ time
to a project. Please let me know more about your project and
if I could submitt slides of my work. Good luck and best wishes
for your success. Carol Morgan
05-Aug-2004 15:58:14 BST
am an artist working with paper, initially used this material
to celebrate my cultural heritage of the Chinese being the first
inventor of paper making.I have made attractive sculptures out
of paper products from found books,and using the cocept of chinese
craft, has collected a small portfolo of the art works based
in the theme of 'organic forms'.I seek for a chance to show
my works in appropriate place like paper mill.Your response
is much appriactiated.God bless. thank you.