Volunteering Opportunity: Builder

Volunteer Specification

Opportunity Title: Builder

Company: Apsley Paper Trail

Main Purpose.
This is a unique role, especially as Frogmore Mill is the birthplace of the first mechanised paper machine. No other heritage site can offer you the same experience.

Apsley Paper Trail is a charity which now looks after the history and heritage of the site. Although there is a small set of employees the site relies on a large group of volunteers, each bringing their own set of skills.

The mill has an area called the bookbinding area, which is the location we use to teach courses in both letterpress and bookbinding. This is in a turn-of-the-century building which has a pitched roof with wooden beams. The building has electricity, but no heating. Due to the lack of warmth we are only able to conduct courses, which provide considerable income for the charity, during the summer months.
Unfortunately, despite the demand, we are unable to carry out these courses during the winter months. The plan is to halve the size of the room by building a stud wall across the middle and to install a suspended ceiling with light boxes. The idea is to have a smaller, well insulated area which can keep our courses running all year round.


We are looking for a group of volunteers with general building skills and ideally experience of installing a suspended ceiling. We think the entire project will take about two weeks, but it can be spread over a larger number of weeks with people working on the project for a few agreed days per week.

All materials and tools will be provided.

This would be a great addition to your CV and an excellent opportunity to meet other people whilst also getting involved in your local heritage and culture.

Person Specification

– Experience with building
– Enthusiastic
– Able to work flexibly
– Able to communicate effectively with other volunteers, staff and visitors.

Desired Qualities
– Experience installing a suspended ceiling.

If interested, please call us on 01442 234600 (subject to opening times) or email FrancescaDavis@thepapertrail.org.uk.