Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum in Devon has an experienced and active Board of Trustees of the registered charity , who are also the Board of Directors of Coldharbour Mill Trust Ltd, a company limited by guarantee.
The Board sets the overall direction of the organisation and ensures that it works in an ethical and financially sound manner to deliver its Objects: (a) to provide for the advancement of public education, in particular in the woollen industry, by the provision of a public working museum, (b) to preserve Coldharbour Mill for the public benefit as a building of historic and architectural value.
A recent substantive HLF grant kick-started an ambitious long-term Development Plan, aiming to establish our Museum as premier textile heritage centre in SW UK.
We’re looking to recruit trustees with experience and expertise primarily in business/finance management, marketing/events management/PR, fund-raising/income generation/grant-seeking, heritage management/museum development, building project management, also in retail, catering, law, textile production/engineering, education.
By providing encouragement and leadership, you will help determine our strategic direction by advising and recommending creative solutions to issues.
A Trustee Role Description is available on request. If you would be interested in sharing your skills, and can devote a few hours per month for Board and committee meetings, and some additional time to contribute your expertise and knowledge to the management and development of this Museum, we would love to hear from you. To apply, please supply a letter of interest and a CV.
About Coldharbour Mill Trust Ltd
Established in 1982 in an 18th century former spinning mill, this small independent Museum relies chiefly on donations, grants and self-generated income from admissions and events. Our USP is that visitors see yarn and textile production on vintage machinery, also the factory's original power sources - water and steam.
Coldharbour Mill is highly important in the history of the textile trade in the South West.
English Heritage has reported that Coldharbour Mill is probably ‘one of the best preserved textile mill complexes in the country’, thus categorising the Mill as of national importance. As such Coldharbour Mill is a rare survival which deserves to be celebrated as part of this nation’s proud industrial heritage.
The grade II* listed Mill - the last surviving example of its kind in the West Country - dates back to the early 18th century. From the early 19th century it was a major part of the most important local employer, the Quaker Fox Brothers, producing high quality woollen yarn for their weaving mill in nearby Wellington. The factory was closed by Fox Brothers in 198o and the Mill, with one of the largest water wheels in the south of the country, was then rescued by a new Trust formed by the local community.
The Mill is both a rare example of surviving Georgian industrial architecture, and a microcosm of the Industrial Revolution. It has examples of all the power sources employed at various times (water, steam, gas and electricity) as well as working textile machinery dating back to the 19th century, which demonstrate the processes of spinning wool fibres into yarn, and yarn into woven fabrics (both yarn and fabrics are sold in the Mill shop). These highlight the role of the Fox Brothers company in bringing new inventions and employment to the South West. The company played a significant role in the national textile industry for two centuries and in the 20th century provided fabric for uniforms for the Armed Forces during both World Wars, examples of which are on display. The Museum provides a fascinating insight into Victorian mill conditions and how Quaker attitudes influenced the treatment and welfare of mill employees, many of whom were children.
Coldharbour Mill is precious to the local community - many local residents used to work in the factory before it closed, and they and their families have continued to support the Working Mill Museum /Mill/ and its work in a variety of ways.
When the Fox Bros factory closed in 1980, the Trust was set up as a registered charity to ensure the preservation of buildings of historic and architectural value, which are grade II* listed, and to demonstrate some of the factory operations and display textile-related equipment and artefacts of historical interest. In addition to its attraction to visitors as a working museum, it provides a very well regarded, and much used, educational resource for local schools and colleges. It is now Coldharbour Mill Trust Ltd, a company limited by guarantee, as well as a registered charity.