A space to celebrate the skills and history of weaving, and the pursuit of other traditional and contemporary arts and crafts.
Statement of Purpose
To honour and preserve our textile heritage by providing a hub for creative enterprises, engaging the visiting public with and fostering in them an appreciation of weaving and other traditional and contemporary arts and crafts; and to give an understanding of the history and significance of the local wool industry.
Objectives of the Society
The Society’s Rules provide that the objects of the Society shall be for the public benefit to:
(1) preserve for the benefit of the residents of Sedbergh and the surrounding districts, and for the public at large, Farfield Mill and other buildings of historical industrial and architectural heritage which form the group of Mill buildings of which Farfield Mill is a part.
(2) promote and educate the general public about the cultural significance and heritage of:
(a) the production of wool and textiles in Sedbergh, surrounding districts, the Yorkshire Dales and Cumbria; and
(b) the historical role of Farfield Mill in the development of the production of textiles locally.
(3) the preservation and improvement of fine craftsmanship, in particular but not exclusively, weaving and other textile crafts;
(4) to advance education in the arts by the establishment and maintenance of an arts and heritage centre in particular but not exclusively through:
(a) the provision for the public of opportunities to learn about the art and practices of weavers and other artists and craftspeople and to examine their work.
(b) the provision of open workspace for use by new and existing creative enterprises on favourable terms, so that the public can view weavers and other artists and craftspeople engaged in art and practices of craftspeople
(5) for any other exclusively charitable purpose for the benefit of the public and residents of Sedbergh and the surrounding districts as the Board determine from time to time.