Ludlow Arts: Word

Ludlow Arts: Word

The Three Lives of th Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Friends of Ludlow Museum

Monday 18 March at 7:00 for 7:30pm

Shropshire Museums Collections Centre

Speaker: Joanna Layton

A talk about this extraordinary building, built in 1796-97. It was the first building to have a full interior iron frame and can be said to have been the precursor of all the worlds steel-framed buildings. After many years of dereliction this Grade I listed building is now being restored with help from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Joanna's talk will gallop through the history of the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, hearing about its three lives: as a Georgian flax-spinning mill, a Victorian maltings, and its current resurrection for a third life in our own century. What was the urgent national crisis of the 1790s that prompted the technological daring to build the Main Mill there with an iron frame — for the first time anywhere in the world? Who was responsible for that, and for the state-of-the-art floor maltings which followed the flax-spinning business? What was it like to work there as a flax-spinner or maltster? It will conclude with a look at recent activities on site, and an update on ‘what next’?

A further update on the project will be given by Joanna in February 2020.

Joanna has been involved in the heritage sector professionally for nearly a decade. She has worked on projects for the National Trust, St Laurence's Church in Ludlow, and on a national initiative for the Church of England. She's currently contracted by Historic England to curate content for new interpretation at the Flaxmill Maltings.

Tickets £4 (members £1) at the door)

Full Friends of Ludlow Museum programme HERE

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