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La Maison du papier
near Saint-Omer

Children make paper
Try your hand at making paper!
Paper vat
Stirring the vat of pulp - you see the damp sheets being pressed flat (background)

Make your own paper!
All around you children are busy and absorbed in the task of making their own paper. You're in a traditional paper-manufacturing workshop, on the banks of the River Aa near Saint-Omer.

The river powers a waterwheel, used to drive wooden stampers that prepare the pulp for making paper here in the old-fashioned way.

You've seen the paper-maker stir the vat of pulp, spread it out over a guaze to drain out the water, then press it into a flat sheet.

Your tour has covered all the history of paper and how it used to be made.
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You've also seen displays of high-tech machines that today make paper on a mass-production scale - and examples of the variety of products made by the paper and packaging industry (which is important in this region).

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Location: Rue Bernard Chochoy
62380 ESQUERDES (nr Saint-Omer)
Information/ reservations:
Tel: 00 33 3 21 95 45 25
Fax: 00 33 3 21 95 45 26

Water-powered wooden stampers mash fibres into pulp ready for making paper. In the old days, they would have used old rags.

Regional nature park:
Adomarois - near Saint-Omer. The Maison du Papier lies in the heart of the park.

Background Information
Paper-making on the river Aa
Industrial Revolution

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