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. A Magistrate at a senior level for twenty six years, Jilly has a background in the Theatre and further and higher education. Retraining in Millinery at the London College of Fashion led to her designing and retailing hats from two shops, in Bristol and Barnstaple. She now designs and creates unusual and colourful bags and scarves showing fabric manipulation and embellishment. Jilly lives and works in Westward Ho! Jilly joined the Board in 2018.

Ian Birt (Treasurer)

Ian joined the Board in 2019

Dean Holland

Dean Holland joined the Board in 2018, he is an experienced charity and public sector leader with a particular passion for children, the outdoors and mental health. As well as being a trustee director of Coldharbour Mill he is a trustee of Exeter City Farm and involved in various ways with community groups right accross the city.

As an outward bound management graduate at Birmingham University, his career has included commissioning roles in Welsh social services, facility management at Exeter University, senior leadership of the charity Farms for City Children and more recently working with the NHS to help establish new children's mental health services across Devon. Dean has managed large construction projects, overseen change management with stakeholders, managed a variety of teams and led financial oversight of budgets. He is a qualified child safeguarding officer, certified health and safety professional and experienced people manager.

When not at work, Dean's passions are closely linked to his upbringing on the family farm in Wales. He enjoys kayaking, wild swimming, gardening, cooking and generally spending time outdoors with his two young children.