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Issue: 28                                                                          March 2016

Call for Volunteers

 The Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings are recruiting volunteers to help to man the Visitor Centre, as well as to get involved with other aspects of our work. 

We are asking for people who are able to commit to at least a half day each month. If you’re interested in helping please contact us by email.

We can offer training, a friendly and helpful atmosphere, a chance to be involved in something really special in terms of the pioneering history of Shrewsbury and Shropshire ...... and tea and biscuits!


Friends volunteers with a display at Cosford for the Queen's Jubillee celebrations.

You can find out more on the volunteering section on our website. 



Monday Drum Workshops at Flaxivity

with Olugbala Kokumo!

Every Monday, 7 to 9pm

For more information contact:
Olugbala Kokumo
Author, Composer & Facilitator


The Friends are supported by:


Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre

Entry is free and opening times for the centre are:

1st April 2016 – 29th October 2016, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

In November 2015 the Friends opened the doors to their new state-of-the-art Visitor Centre for the first time. Housed in the renovated Office and Stables thanks to grants from Historic England and the ERDF the facility brings together for the first time interpretations of the mill’s role in the industrial revolution and the pioneers who made it happen, including:
  • details on how flax was processed, from the field to the end product, which include a myriad of items from ship sails to playing cards.
  • the impact of the building’s revolutionary iron frame on the world of architecture
  • details of the mill’s machinery and technology
  •  working conditions at the mill, including child labour
  •  the change of use from flax mill to Maltings
  • details of the malting process
  • the other long gone flax mill in Castlefields
  • the role of the old canal and the importance of Shropshire pioneers in the industrial revolution

There is also a short animated film that visitors can watch which charts the history of the building and its people, as well as well as oral history recollections of people who worked at the Maltings and who were barracked there during the last war.

Apart from the displays and interpretation there is also a meeting/learning room, with projector and interactive white board, and a study and research space.

In addition the funding has provided for the demolition of the South Silo and the creation of valuable public open space for use by the Friends along with landscaping and much improved parking facilities.
Bookable Guided tours will be available at weekends in the Summer - please refer to our website  for details.  Group tours are possible at other times by arrangement as are illustrated tours off-site – please email for more information.

The visitor Centre is part funded by:

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Email: richard@flaxmill-maltings.co.uk
Website: www.flaxmill-maltings.co.uk

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