Farfield Mill - Who we are and what we do
Sedbergh and District Preservation Trust
Farfield was a woollen Mill until it ceased production in the early1990's after 156 years of textile production.The Mill was rescued by a group of devoted locals and enthusiasts, keen to continue the industrial heritage and traditional skills of textiles. This group set up the Charity 'Sedbergh and District Buildings Preservation Trust' and together they bought, restored and finally opened Farfield as an Arts and Heritage Centre in 2001.
The Trust's mission is..
To position Farfield Mill as a leading Cultural enterprise in the North of England, and a key part of the region's craft infrastructure through its focus on the development of textile and woven art; to provide a context for this through Farfield's heritage; to enable both emerging and established artists to reach their full potential; to increase the appreciation, number, range and diversity of its audience.
Sedbergh Enterprises Ltd
The Trust being a charity, is not allowed, by law, to be a commercial business, so a separate company, known as Sedbergh Enterprises Ltd, looks after all our trading activities, such as the shop, cafe and the weaving operation. The company is set up in such a way as any profit it makes can only be gifted to the trust so any spending, in these areas, is a direct contribution to the benefit of the Mill as a whole.
Friends of Farfield and Volunteers
Our mission is to support Farfield Mill in as many ways as we can.
Subscriptions for 2017 are £15 (single) and £25 (couple) which entitles you to visit Farfield Mill as often as you like, any day of the week, all year round (unless we're closed of course!) As a Friend you also receive a regular email newsletter, invitations to exhibition previews and special fund-raising events, and advance notice of workshops.
Friends volunteer time and skills as well as money, such as assisting on the reception desk, offering DIY help where required, helping keep the carpark clean and tidy to name just a smattering of how you can get involved. As a volunteer you can; meet new people, be part of a friendly team, learn new skills, gain valuable work-related experience and engage with your local heritage and arts.
Sponsors & Funders
We are indebted to our sponsors and funders for their support now and during the Mill restoration