About the Archive

The Michael Stanyon Archive was formed by, and has grown under the guidance of its namesake, our honorary lead archivist, Michael Stanyon, now retired.


All the important dates and events that make up the history of paper. A long list of secrets, battles, inventions, science and key players, who created this humble commodity, we would be lost without.

Paper history

The material that shaped the modern world. The story of paper, a story beginning in China and spreading across the globe. A story of more than 2,000 years and a story in which Frogmore Mill played a very important part. 

Paper Valley mills

The Gade Valley is Paper Valley and through its unique standing as the birthplace of paper’s industrial revolution, it’s important international role on mass communication cannot be overlooked.

Paper Valley people

If you are interested in family history and personal connections to mill workers, please follow this link Workers in the Gade Valley paper mills.

Paper Valley brands

Famous household stationery brands: Basildon Bond, Three Candlesticks, Lion Brand, Croxley Script and Challenge. All attributed to John Dickinson and Company Ltd.

Memory Bank

Memory Bank is part of Frogmore Paper Mill’s oral history project. The following are short films interviews of a number of former John Dickinson employees recounting their memories of working for the company

Heritage Fire Brigade

The Paper Trail Heritage Fire Brigade is a band of very dedicated volunteers many of whom have Fire Brigade or Volunteer Fire Brigade backgrounds.

Research & Local Community

At Frogmore Paper Mill, we get many enquiries about past employees, paper brands and documents.