Having been derelict for many years, Historic England, the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings and Shropshire Council are working together in partnership to save this remarkable piece of the industrial revolution and make it a place that everyone can be proud of and be part of.
The work that has been done to save, conserve and give new life to Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings shows how historic buildings can be repurposed and cared for, and aims to be an inspiration to all.
Historic England is the public body that help people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment.
In 2005, Historic England recognised that this important piece of local and world history was in danger of being lost forever, so as part of their statuary role to protect the historic environment they stepped in as a rescuer of last resort and bought it.
Historic England manage the Flaxmill Maltings day to day. They look after its restored and unrestored buildings and the land that surrounds them. They also love sharing the story of this special place at any opportunity, from fundraising for restoration and maintenance works, to showcasing how historic buildings like these can be successfully recycled and looking after the nature that makes the Flaxmill Maltings its home.
The Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings were set up in 2010 in response to community interest and enthusiasm for the development of the Flaxmill Maltings.
The Friends’ small staff team is joined by a much bigger team of enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers. Together, they have been incredibly busy during the restoration; running the old visitor centre, giving tours and talks, running events, forming and supporting groups and projects for textiles and arts, carrying out research and other activities.
The Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings’s friendly staff and volunteers will be on hand to give you a warm welcome when you come to the brand new visitor experience or on a guided tour when the site opens in 2022.
You can be an active part of the incredible story of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings by volunteering with the Friends.
Shropshire Council have been a key partner for a number of years and support the transformation of the site into a place where people will live, work, learn and play.
They believe that welcoming workers, visitors and the local community into a thriving Flaxmill Maltings will provide a huge boost not just to this area of Shrewsbury, but to the town as a whole, and to the Shropshire economy.
Shropshire Council have not only been a funder of the restoration of the Main Mill. Their experienced staff also supported applications to gain the funding needed to restore the Flaxmill Maltings, created vital public transport links to the site, and showcased it to international audiences. If you want to know more about Shropshire Council and the other things that they do, have a look at their website.