Our Bookbinding sessions are underway with expert tutor Doug Mitchell, book and paper conservator. Wednesdays with morning, afternoon or whole day sessions.  With past credentials of an apprenticeship at The John Dickinson Company, and working at The British Museum, Foreign Office and The British Library, plus much teaching experience, we are confident he can help you.  Call 01442 234600 or email education@frogmorepapermill.org.uk and ask for Sue.  Next session 19th January 2022.

Doug Mitchell


Bookbinding is a fascinating, artisan craft that is held dear to The Apsley Paper Trail’s heart.  The John Dickinson company at Apsley Mill had a huge bookbinding department so the skills are part of our history. The vast department, occupied many skilled workers, creating commercial bindings and beautiful ledgers in earlier times. Apprentices had to learn the construction types, materials, marbling, gold foil, hand tooling, stitching, leather and cloth to prove their ability.  Examples of these dazzling ledgers are held in our archive.