Friends of Flaxmill Maltings Online Talks

The Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings are offering online talks to interested bodies and groups. The Friends have been running tours and open days since their formation to make these internationally important historic buildings accessible so that organisations, groups, and individuals can explore, learn, participate in, and enjoy the unique and varied heritage of this site.

At the moment they are focusing on offering online talks for groups. This can be an overview talk or a suite of shorter talks about particular themes of interest to your group: architecture, social history, restoration. They take between 40 minutes to an hour, with the opportunity to ask questions.

The Friends of Flaxmill Maltings host these live via their Zoom channel, which is easily accessible to all invited by just clicking a link. So far they have given talks to Arts Societies, WI groups, U3A groups, museum volunteers, archaeological societies, and rotarians, as well as international groups.

Talks are free, but a donation is appreciated. If you are interested in a talk on Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings or a specific part of its history please email them on info@flaxmill-maltings.co.uk.  There are more details on their website here: https://www.flaxmill-maltings.co.uk/visit-and-talks .

Queen Street Mill Museum Job Opportunities

Queen Street Mill Museum, which is run by Lancashire County Council, has openings for two posts in 2021. Both are permanent and the closing date for applications is the 29th January 2021.

Firstly, they are seeking a Weaving Technician. This role is to perform preventative maintenance, repair, and overhaul of the historic textile machinery held in the collections associated with Queen Street Mill Textile Museums. The job is for 37 hours a week. For further information and how to apply, please click here.

Secondly, they are look for a Technical Demonstrator for a range of historic machinery in a safe manner to provide engaging interpretation to visitors.  This post will assist in the maintenance of the machinery and its environs as required and contribute to the manufacture of woven fabric to a high standard.  The post will also support all museum operations and activities in order to ensure visitors gain the best possible experience of their visit to the museum. The job is for 29.6 hours per week. For further information and how to apply, please click here.

Mills Archive Trust to Recruit Development Manager

The Mills Archive

The Mills Archive Trust preserves and protects records of milling heritage to make them freely available to the public. They are looking to fill a new role, that of Development Manager. The Development Manager will be responsible for growing income to cover core costs and allow for sustainable growth. The ideal person will be passionate about heritage and be a strategic thinker.

It is primarily an office-based role, though with some flexibility for home working and the opportunity for regional travel. The link below will take you to the job advert on the Guardian Jobs website https://jobs.theguardian.com/…/development-manager/…

You can also sign up to stay in the know about your favourite mill-related interests here: https://millsarchive.org/register-interest/