SPAB Mills Section Autumn 2022 Online Event 

Sibsey Trader Mill cap being loaded into position. Image courtesy of SPAB.

The SPAB Mills section is running an online event on the 18th and 19th November 2022, taking place on both Friday evening and Saturday morning. The focus will be on mill repair and the use of hydro-power. You can book either session or both: Friday only – £10, Saturday only – £20, Friday & Saturday – £25 

To book for Friday and Saturday see here 

To book for the Friday evening talk only see here 

To book for the Saturday morning talks only see here 

Online Programme:

Friday 18th November: 6pm-7.30pm 

Talk by Geoff Wallis (Millwright and Consultant) 

Is mill conservation sustainable? 

• Ecological – use of energy/materials, energy-intensive 

restoration, management of waste, etc 

• Availability of resources to keep mills in good order: 

traditional expertise/materials, cash, etc. 

• Do people want mills anyway? 

 Saturday 19th November: 9.40am-1.30pm 

Mixture of talks on mill repair and watermills and hydro-power. 

Luke Bonwick (Mill Consultant) 

Steve Temple (Mill Owner) 

Tim Whiting (Millwright) 

Toby Slater (SPAB Millwright Fellow) 

Stephen Bartlett (Hydro Specialist) 

A recording of the talks will be available after the event for all registered bookings. 

HTN 2021 Conference: Recovery, Sustainability, Wellbeing

Join the Heritage Trust Network for their 2021 Conference in person as part of the Coventry City of Culture and online, on the 11th, 19th & 20th November 2021. The Heritage Trust Network are a membership organisation for community heritage across the UK and their members come together once a year to discuss their projects. This year the speakers will focus on how sites and organisations can develop their projects and approaches to heritage regeneration whilst thinking about our environmental impact, our people, and our long term survival.

The event will include four elements, an online day of talks, an in-person day of workshops, the annual conference dinner, and a day of tours with site visits. You can join them for any and all parts of the conference. In order to provide a fully engaged experience for all attendees, the online event (11th November) will be 100% online, and the in-person events (19th to 20th November) will be 100% in-person. You will be contacted before the event to select your workshop and tour choices.

There are free tickets for students and apprentices and funded bursaries to help anyone who would find travel/accommodation costs prohibitive, particularly young people, those at the start of their career, changing career and those who are out of work. #HTNConf21

Details on how to book can be found here:

Historic England Industrial Webinars

As part of its training programme Historic England is running industrial heritage webinars. The second will take place on 29 July where Shane Gould will consider in greater depth some of the topics and issues being addressed in Historic England’s developing Industrial Heritage Strategy followed by Dr Mike Nevell, Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, describing his work which focusses on industrial sites preserved as heritage attractions.

The webinar will be particularly relevant for local authority planning officers, archaeological advisers, conservation officers and consultants/contractors working on industrial heritage sites and those involved in the ownership or management of industrial sites preserved as heritage attractions.

Details on how to sign up can be found here – – including the recording from the first webinar.