Friends prepare for their Heritage Open Days.
There will be further opportunities to visit the Flaxmill Maltings site during Heritage Open Days on September 8 & 9 between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm each day.
Some 1,600 enjoyed similar events in May and this time there will be even more to see, learn about and enjoy.
Guided tours by expert volunteers will be available on request, including access to the top of the Silo for wonderful views over Shrewsbury. Following the great success last year a major attraction will be the Open Arts Exhibition with a pre-view, open to all, on Friday 7th from 6.00 - 8.00pm. There will be new interpretation displays and demos of Flax and Malting processes. ‘Compost Kids’ are providing Art and Craft workshops for children, plus there will be live music and refreshments will be available.
A new feature this year is that archaeologists will be demonstrating the smelting of Shropshire iron ore using a bloomery furnace whose origins can be traced back to circa 2000 years BC. The furnace will be fuelled on charcoal produced at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm with the iron extracted at approximately 3.30 pm each day. Obviously, this is particularly relevant within the worlds first iron framed building.
Alan Mosley, Chair of the Friends sad:
“We are delighted to be opening up the Flaxmill Maltings again with lots to see, learn about and enjoy for all the family. We will soon be announcing exciting new on-going projects involving Community Arts, work with schools and colleges, research and interpretation. We are also very keen to speak to people with experience of the buildings over the years to learn more and record their memories for posterity.”
Entry is free and parking is available adjacent to the site.
Anyone requiring further information or wishing to volunteer their services should contact email@example.com or Tel. 07967657028
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Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings appoint new Manager
I am delighted to announce details of our new manager who will be taking up the post on September 18th.
The post comes as a result of the first round success in the bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund and is funded by their £465,00 grant to support the development of a second stage submission. The bid was submitted by Shropshire Council on behalf of the Partnership comprising themselves, English Heritage, the Friends and the HCA.
Lisa Cowley currently lives in Bilbrook, Wolverhampton and is the Campaign Manager for the national Conservation Volunteers. She has wide experience including National Programmes Manager for the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers and roles in the Youth Action Network and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.
She was successful against a number of very strong candidates following a national recruitment campaign.
Lisa will now support the Friends in their on-going work to provide access to the internationally important site while providing a wide range of learning, recreational, cultural and community based activities at the site.
Alan Mosley, Chair of the Friends said: “We are lucky to be able to appoint Lisa given her abilities, her great experience and record of success. After two years of significant achievements we need this kind of support to build our capacity to undertake future roles and to help deliver our exciting plans. “
Lisa Cowley said: “I am delighted to be supporting the Friends of Flaxmill Maltings to implement this innovative project. As the Friends Manager I will be working closely with all the current and future Friends as well as the wider community and our partners at Shropshire Council and English Heritage to implement the vision for Flaxmill Maltings.
I am committed to supporting people to come together to engage with and develop projects and activities that will benefit themselves, their community and their local area now and for the future. I have a wealth of experience in delivering and co-ordinating local, regional and national charity activities. I am looking forward to utilising my skills in volunteer support, programme development and management in a location and sector I am passionate about.”
Flaxmill Maltings Community Arts open exhibition.
The exhibition will take place during the Heritage Open Days the Mill on the 8th & 9th of September from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, with a pre-view on the evening of the 7th of September from 6:00pm to 8:00 pm.
It is open to artists working in a wide range of media, including photography, visual arts, video, sculpture, textiles etc.
The exhibition will be mounted in the Dye and Stove House though other spaces may be available on request and subject to the overall operation of the Open Days.
A maximum of five pieces of work may be submitted, and work must, in some way, be themed within the broad range of activities related to the Flaxmill / Maltings. This can be as diverse as the buildings themselves, the processes involved in flax & linen production or malting & brewing, social history, transport, be it canals or railway, etc.
The work must be suitably framed or mounted and there is no entry fee.
At least two pieces of work per artist will be guaranteed a place, with potentially up to five per artist depending on total number of participants and hence, space available.
Applications must be received by 31st August. Late entries will be considered at the complete discretion of FMCA .
Work must be made available by the 5th of September so that hanging can take place on the 6th & 7th.
Works may be offered for sale. FMCA will put potential buyers in contact with artists to complete the sale. We ask for a 10% commission on all sales, which would be payable once the sale is complete.
The Mill will be made available for artists to visit by appointment on a number of days over the summer, to be confirmed.
To register an interest and ask for application form please contact
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