Coldharbour Mill Trust Ltd operates the Coldharbour Mill Working Wool Museum which is housed in a Grade II* listed building, originating in the 18th century as a wool-spinning factory and operated by seven generations of the Fox family firm until closure in 1981. This small independent charity works to preserve a site of great historic and architectural value, and actively engages the public with the heritage of the woollen industry, the story of both the industrial revolution and the generation of power
The Coldharbour Mill site actually comprises about 12 acres, which includes the millpond and a mile of leats deriving from the river Culm, the Great Weir and part of the River Culm itself, as well as fields, a paddock, and a complex of industrial buildings. The latter is composed of an early 18th century four-storey former grist mill, the late18th century purpose-built main factory building of 5 storeys 39 feet wide by 123 feet long, which was very large for its time, and six one- and two-storey outbuildings.
The Mill retains not only its working examples of textile machinery, water and steam power, but also collections of textile-related exhibits and archives that have been identified as being of national importance. The Trustees' and the Mill management's joint vision is to bring to life the Industrial Revolution. By conserving the past, our mission is to educate and inspire future generations.
We now have a vacancy for one or two Trustees to join our committed and dynamic Board to support us in this mission. We are ideally looking for a passion for heritage and skills in PR. The Board meets quarterly and usually for the whole day. In addition, there are monthly finance/oversight meetings which take place at 4pm at the Mill attended by the Chair and the Vice-Chair and other Trustees if available. There is an annual strategy day and Trustees are encouraged to take advantage of training and development opportunities available and are also encouraged to volunteer at events and attend community participation events.
Please apply to our Chair, Jackie Dawkins, with a cover and a covering letter.