Millwrighting skills

When millwrighting was added to the Heritage Craft Association’s Red List of Endangered Crafts in 2019, we decided to do something about it: we founded the SPAB Millwright Fellowship.

Each year, the Millwright Fellowship gives an experienced craftsperson, often a carpenter, the additional skills they need to repair mills.

Millwrighting used to be a family business, and long-established firms would train the next generation of millwrights through apprenticeships. But many of these companies have gone out of business and the sole traders that have replaced them rarely have the resources to train apprentices. Our Millwright Fellowship is one route into this rewarding career. We hope that in future, millwrighting will no longer be endangered. 

Find out more about our Millwright Fellowship.