A family friendly, free of charge activity. Explore Penicuik's unique heritage as a papermaking town. Our museum has friendly guides, interesting exhibitions, activities for children and 'hands on' demonstrations.
Papermaking in Penicuik dates from 1709, with the first mill established on the Esk by Agnes Campbell. Within 100 years, there were 10 mills between Penicuik and Lasswade. Alexander Cowan made a particular contribution to Penicuik both as papermaker and philanthropist, but there were many remarkable businessmen, engineers and mill workers who built Penicuik’s identity as Penicuik ‘The Papermaking Town.’
The museum is owned by Penicuik Community Development Trust and run by an enthusiastic team of dedicated volunteers. We are open to the public every Saturday afternoon between April and November. You can also call to make an appointment if you need to visit outwith these times.
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