Visitor Centre opening

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Recent work has seen the conversion of the office and stables to a Visitor Centre which will be managed by the Friends. The facility includes reception, interpretation displays, film and audio material, research and learning resources. 



The centre will bring together for the first time interpretations of the Mill’s role in the industrial revolution and the pioneers who made it happen, including:

  • Details on how flax was processed, from the field to the end product, which include a myriad of items from ship sails to playing cards
  • The impact of the building’s revolutionary iron frame on the world of architecture

  • Details of the mill’s machinery and technology

  • Working conditions at the mill, including child labour

  • The change of use from Flaxmill to Maltings and the malting process

There will also be a short animated film that visitors can watch which charts the history of the building and its people, as well as oral history recollections of people who worked at the Maltings and who were billeted there during the last war.

Initially the Centre will be open for the whole week from the 25th of November to the 1st of December, 10 am to 3 pm daily.

Opening times are then as follows:

  • 2 December 2015 - 26 March 2016, Saturdays only, 10 am to 4 pm

  • 31 March 2016 – 29 October 2016, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

  • Closed 25 - 26 December and 1 - 3 January


The Friends is a charity organisation, and we rely on volunteers to carry out our work


We always have space for more volunteers, whether it's to sit on our advisory committee to help make decisions about our operations, or to work on tracing social histories of families who have worked at the Mill. 
Currently we are also recruiting people to help with the day to day running of the new Visitor Centre. 
If you feel you could offer us some time, even if it's as little as 4 hours per month, please email  us at