Penicuik Papermaking Museum

History & Heritage
The History of Papermaking & Penicuik’s former papermills of national importance, hands-on papermaking. Pre-book Guided visits.
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About Penicuik Papermaking Museum

Tells the history of papermaking from China to Penicuik - and make your own sheet of paper. Penicuik was ‘the Papermaking Town’. Discover the social reform and philanthropism of the Valleyfield papermaker Alexander Cowan. 130 years of handmade paper evolved into 5 huge industrial mills in Penicuik, of international importance. In 1861 the Emperor of Japan’s mission chose visiting Penicuik to see how the West made paper. Penicuik papermakers helped establish papermills in Canada: in 1843 Quebec papermill was named ‘Valleyfield’. For guided visits phone: 01968 673767.
The museum is run by volunteers from Penicuik Community Development Trust.

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