28 September 2022
Following the 28 September announcement by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings of their closure, Historic England released the following statement.
Historic England is saddened by the decision of the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings to close. Historic England has worked alongside and supported the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings as a key partner throughout the restoration of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings. One of our priorities as an organisation is inspiring, involving and equipping communities to care for their local heritage and so the decision by the Friends to not continue operating is not what we wanted.
Historic England temporarily provided more support for the operation of visitor services in early 2022 to ensure that the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings had time to put in place the necessary plans and structures to run an operation of this complexity and profile. For operational reasons, it also became necessary for us to take on temporary management of the volunteers and the engagement plans. The intention was to support the Friends to be ready to take forward these responsibilities in the future, however, we respect their decision to close.
We would like to thank the Friends’ Board, staff team and volunteers for their tireless work to bring Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings back to life over more than a decade. The Friends’ achievements in engaging people and the local community with the story of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings through tours, talks and countless other activities were a vital part of the restoration of the site.
Friends’ volunteers who wanted to continue their valuable work supporting this unique piece of local heritage are now part of the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings team of volunteers. They are already welcoming visitors, sharing the rich story of this special place and supporting the running of the site as part of the visitor experience team.
Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings can now sign up, or ask for more information.