Milling Matters - The Challenge of Saving Rosefield Mills

Milling Matters - The Challenge of Saving Rosefield Mills

Rosefield Mills in Dumfries dominates the small town - what next for this textile mill?

03/05/2022 - 03/05/2022
Introductory CPD, General interest
United Kingdom

£5 Members
£6 Non-members

Start time: 12 noon
Finish time: 13.30pm

Event details

Luke Moloney of Dumfries Heritage Trust will present the background to the Rosefield Mills, and explain further the Trusts vision for breathing new life back into a small section of this vast complex of former textile mill buildings. Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust purchased the Rosefield Mills riverfront building in 2019 thanks to the support of the community through their engagement in consultations, volunteering, and donations. 

The simple repair and re-use of this former mills building will respect the rich history of the site as well as developing an attractive amenity and resource for Dumfries and the region.  This is the beginning of an exciting journey and opportunity for the creation of something special, attractive, accessible and of significant benefit to the community of Dumfries and the wider region. Join us to find out more about how their plans are developing. 

Luke Moloney will be joined by other members of the trustees during the Q&A session, so come ready with your questions!


This event is part of Milling Matters - Four Fabulous Lectureswhich are being held in the run-up to National Mills Weekend.  These events are being hosted jointly by SPAB Scotland and Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust as a preamble to our flagship event to be held in Perth Lower City Mills on 7/8 May 2022 - Scottish Mills Weekend.

Tickets for the lectures can be bought individually, or as a joint ticket for all four.

Lecture #1
1st February 12-13.30
Milling Matters - John o'Groats Mill Trust - Join Rognvald Brown, chair of the Trust to hear about their journey to bring new life into the mill so far.

Lecture #2
8th March 12-13.30
Milling Matters - Lifecycles of Textile Mills - Industrial Heritage expert Mark Watson will give his overview of how textile mills can be rejuvenated and put to new purposes.

Lecture #3
5th April 12-13.30
Milling Matters - Dusty Mill: Dusty Miller - A virtual tour and talk of Charlcote Mill in Warwickshire with SPAB Fellow and Miller Karl Grevatt.

Lecture #4
3rd May 12-13.30
Milling Matters - The Challenge of Saving Rosefield Mills - Join Luke Moloney to find out how Dumfries Historic Buildings Trust plan to bring new life into part of the huge textile complex on the edge of the river in the town. 


Multiple bookings
As long as there is space on the event, we usually allow you to book for both yourself and a guest. When completing the booking form, you will be asked to select the number of people and put in your own details on the first page, then to put in your second person's details on the next page. The event fee shown on each of these pages is for the individual person - you will be shown the total amount due once you get to the summary page.

About SPAB Scotland
Members of the SPAB living and working in Scotland decided to form their own semi-autonomous group in 1995. Scotland has its own building traditions, architectural language and property laws, all of which are best dealt with locally. All members of the SPAB residing in Scotland are automatically members of SPAB Scotland.

About Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust
Working independently and collaboratively to preserve, enhance and increase understanding of Perth and Kinross’s historic environment. Since 1988 the Trust has been achieving a wide remit encompassing historic building conservation, archaeology, access to the historic environment and interpretation. Our emphasis has always been, and continues to be, on a high quality approach, bringing economic, social and educational benefit while securing a future for Perth and Kinross’s historic environment.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Accessibility: please contact the Group Organiser before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

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