Milling Matters - Life Cycle of Textile Mills

Milling Matters - Life Cycles of Textile Mills

Adapt, re-use, recycle - many uses for one building

08/03/2022 - 08/03/2022
Introductory CPD, General interest
United Kingdom

£5 Members
£6 Non-members

Start time: 12 noon
Finish time: 13.30pm

Event details

The best use for a building might be its next use, and not the one for which it was built. Textile mills that survive today are almost all in their second or third use, something unimaginable to their builders. They present an opportunity for creative design interventions that will use again and again the embodied carbon that went into their initial construction. Not restoration, not minimal intervention, but rehabilitation, refurbishment and revalidation of mills. Does SPAB approve?

Mark Watson of Historic Environment Scotland's Conservation Team will present some of his wide ranging research into the life cycle of a textile mill, from orginal construction through use, managed decline, evenutal adaptation and re-use.  Mark will be joined by co- presenter Iara Calton, PhD student at Glasgow University, who will describe the digital map resources she created with National Library of Scotland, mapping mill locations. This promises to be a most thought-provoking and interesting discussion, make sure you join us for the Q&A session at the end as well.


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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