Time Capsule at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings
A handmade brick, artwork, letters and poems by local children, an old roof slate, and a wooden cut-out of the Main Mill and Kiln covered in National lottery tickets have been placed into a time capsule at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.
A cast iron ship's safe dating back to 1790, and forged locally in Coalbrookdale, was chosen as the time capsule, which will be placed in the eaves of the newly renovated roof of the Main Mill for the next 100 years.
To celebrate the closing of the time capsule, a ceremony hosted by Historic England and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, took place on site, in the bright and spacious Dye House with dozens of children from Shrewsbury primary schools as guests of honour. The project partners, funders, construction partners and students from Martin Wilson School, Shrewsbury Cathedral Catholic Primary School and Sundorne Infant School placed items they had created or donated into the capsule, before it was sealed for the next century.
Before the capsule was closed, guests heard a poem about the different stages of life of the Flaxmill Maltings, written by the year 6 students at the Cathedral School and read by two members of the class, Zara Gough and James Penney.
Along with several other children, they received commendation certificates at the event.
Art and creative writing competition winners, Abigail Robinson and Sam Poston from Martin Wilson School and Abby Peake and Lyla O’Brien from Sundorne Infant School, also received certificates and prizes.
Contributions to the time capsule included:
- A photo of the Historic England team working on the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings restoration project
- Examples of art and textile work provided by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, along with testimonies from several of their volunteers about their involvement with the site over the years
- A wooden cut-out of the Main Mill and Kiln, covered in used National Lottery tickets, commissioned by Historic England as a thank you to National Lottery players, and the Heritage Lottery Fund
- A hand-thrown brick made by Shrewsbury College students at a heritage skills event run by Northcot Brick Ltd - the providers of the ‘great bricks’ needed for the restoration works
- A letter from the Leader of Shropshire Council, Cllr Peter Nutting, describing Shrewsbury’s exciting regeneration plans and the Flaxmill Maltings’s place within these
- Statements and documents from some of the funders of the restoration project, including The Pilgrim Trust, The Wolfson Foundation and the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation
Also of interest...
Current visitor information and future plans for Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings. This forerunner of the modern sky scraper is open and free to visit.
Textile mills once defined the North of England’s landscape. Sadly, the North’s historic mills are rapidly being lost.
There are lots of ways you can get involved in helping to look after your industrial heritage.