About Us

About Us

There has been a mill at Coldharbour, Uffculme since the Doomsday Book, with the current woollen mill in continuous production  since 1797. Today Coldharbour Mill is run as a charity (no. 1123386) and  remains recognised as one of  the best preserved Victorian woollen mills in the country and is  of national importance.

With an unrivalled collection of heritage machinery, social & textile archives and  wide-ranging power sources still in daily use, the mill is now thriving, providing education, visitor experiences and volunteering opportunities that help promote  social wellbeing and combat isolation.

Our Vision
Our Vision is to bring to life the story of the industrial revolution.

Our Mission
By conserving the past, our mission is to educate and inspire future generations.

Annual Review 2018

Our annual review is a snapshot of our achievements for the year - and our focus for the forthcoming year.

Click on front cover to view in online reader.

View 2018 Annual Review2018 as pdf


Our current board of trustees are:

Jackie Dawkins (Chair)

Taking the chair during 2018, Jackie’s passion for the Mill has been long standing and she joined the board in 2015 following a period as Chair of Trustees of Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Owning her own charity recruitment consultancy Jackie brings experience in managing trusts, HR and recruitment - although she is equally happy driving the dumper as part of the Mill Pond Restoration.

Kevin Stower (Vice Chair)

With over 20 years experience delivering and evaluating multi-million pound EU and UK funded projects and programmes Kevin understands how to access large funding opportunities such as the BIG Lottery, Heritage Lottery Fund and large funders. His experience has resulted in securing funding for our larger projects such as the Retort House, Mill Pond and Economiser Restorations.

Jilly Collins

A designer and textile artist, her love of fabric inspired Jilly to become a trustee of Coldharbour  Mill Museum in 2018. A Magistrate at a senior level for twenty six years, Jilly has a background in the Theatre and education. Retraining in Millinery at the London College of Fashion led to her designing and retailing hats. She now designs and creates  colourful bags and scarves showing fabric manipulation and embellishment.

Ian Birt (Treasurer)

Ian joined the Board in 2019.  Married with 2 grown up children, he is a qualified Accountant and ATT member. He has worked for a large Devon based engineering Group of Companies since 1985, his specialities are in financial accounting and business taxation.  A lifelong interest in history led to a degree in history from the Open University.  Ian is Chair of the South West Institute of Taxation branch, an cricket umpire and a member of Torquay Operatic Society.

Dean Holland

Dean joined the Board in 2018. An experienced charity and public sector leader with a passion for young people, the outdoors and mental health, he is also a trustee of Exeter City Farm. His career has included commissioning roles, facility management, charity leadership and is now working with the NHS to help establish children's mental health services. He is a qualified  safeguarding officer and health and safety professional.

Bryher Mason

Bryher is a freelance heritage consultant with a Masters in History and over 16 years of experience in the heritage sector. She has run historic sites and also has strategic experience in collections management, curatorship and conservation management planning. Her interest in rural heritage led to her joining the Coldharbour Mill Board in May 2020  Bryher was born in Devon and has lived and worked in the South West for most of her working life.

Rachel Tyler

Rachel is a designer and researcher who joined the board in 2020. Currently completing AHRC-funded doctoral research on the geography of London’s fashion industry, Rachel has past experience in producing large-scale events in the arts and higher education sectors.  She is a member of the Royal Geographical Society and the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain. Her great ed interest in the textile industry stems from her childhood in Manchester.