Suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2. This workshop builds on the the understanding of fibre that runs throughout the introduction, papermaking and the mill tour. It is useful for those looking at changing materials and manufacture.

Groups work in small teams and using digital microscopes, examine a variety of commonly used paper fibres to understand their individual qualities, then how these differences may be utilised by papermakers, to form different paper stocks. The session ends with a slide show of more highly magnified fibre images and examples their typical application.

The workshop is accompanied by individual worksheets on which students draw the fibres, describe their attributes and complete the questions.  These sheets are taken taken back to school and may be used for reference or further discussion in the classroom.