About Us

About Us

There has been a mill at Coldharbour, Uffculme, since the time of the Domesday Book, with the current woollen mill in continuous production  since 1797. Today Coldharbour Mill is run as a charity (no. 1123386) and  remains recognised by English Heritage who wrote a Historic Buildings Report (B/065/2001) about the mill complex, and described the site as "probably one of the best-preserved textile mill complexes in the country. It retains the full range of buildings and power system features which characterised the development of the 19th century textile mill with much of the machinery that was used at the site in the 20th century."

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

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

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Our Team at Coldharbour Mill are:

Martin Halse of MRH MS Ltd

We look at business in terms of improvement rather than change.
We are committed to the people to bring about improvements across a business to enable it to grow and sustain that growth, in the Southwest, UK and in Europe for UK business.

Our clients range from local and regional SME’s and charities to multi nationals, with a passion for hospitality and heritage we work across sectors from aviation, heritage sites, garden centres, hotel chains, international soft drinks suppliers, retailers, sports facility providers and many more.

Working with Owners, Directors, Boards, Committees, Private Members Clubs, Chief Executives, General Managers, Trustees and Investors to draw together a strategy for  business or a charity and assist them in achieving those goals by producing strategies, business plans and financial forecasting and providing hands on support where needed.

With a range of associates who are highly respected within their fields we can bring a single point experienced solution to enable business leaders to focus on the long term, while dealing with daily operations.


Martin of MRH MS Ltd provides Chief Executive services to Coldharbour Mill Trust Ltd and we are continually grateful for the work he does to push the Mill to success.

Peter Holdway-Bradley

General Manager

With a history of work within the heritage, arts and charity sectors Peter aims to help continue the excellent work being done by the passionate team of staff and volunteers. He is eager to get stuck into developing the mill to achieve greatness. With  previous experience working within a heritage setting he understands the vital role these sites play and champions the need to restore, support and maintain these beacons of history.

Having also worked within Theatre and the Arts, building the repertoire of events that could be held at the Mill is a passion of his along with further community and volunteer engagement within the Mill and its connected projects.


Coldharbour Mill Trust - Board of Trustees

Coldharbour Mill Trust's 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.

Ian Birt (Vice Chair - Finance)

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.

Bryher Mason (Vice Chair)

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.

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.

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.

Elizabeth Crockett

Elizabeth is currently studying with the Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage in Birmingham, having previously completed her undergraduate degree in History. Her research focuses on the benefits that heritage can bring to communities, inspired by the year she spent volunteering with Coldharbour Mill's curatorial team. Elizabeth has grown up in Wellington and enjoys hiking, particularly in the South West, in her spare time.




If you or someone you know would like to be considered as a Trustee (no previous Trustee experience needed as full training is available) you can find the information pack linked below. If you feel you would be a good addition to the board then all you need do is send an application letter outlining the experience and skills you could bring to the Board and why you would like to join to chiefexec@coldharbourmill.org.uk.

Coldharbour Mill Ltd - Board of Directors

Coldharbour Mill Ltd is the trading company responsible for the running of commercial activities at Coldharbour Mill, such as the Shop and Café. The Trading Company has a separate board of directors. Our current board are:

Ben Fox

Susan Wasfi

If you have a background in Retail, Events or Catering you may just be the perfect fit for a director of our Trading Company. If you are interested in getting involved email your enquiry to chiefexec@coldharbourmill.org.uk

Project Splash! Team

James Maben

Project Co-ordinator



Alex Forster

Volunteer Co-ordinator

Alex has been working with volunteers in the conservation sector for 15 years and loves working outside! He has been involved with the staff and volunteers at Coldharbour Mill for a few months and they have already done some amazing work.
Alex and the team have been excited about some of the stunning wildlife they have already seen on site- from Egrets to Water Scorpions, and he's looking forward to getting stuck into some more conservation projects over the next few months.


Museum Advisors

Pippa Griffith

South West Museum Development Officer

These individuals are very knowledgeable about their local area and on all aspects of Museum development and offer specialist support to museums throughout the South West.

Pippa is the Museum Development Officer for Mid-Devon and supports Coldharbour Mill Trust Ltd with the development of the Museum.

Helena Jaeschke

Conservation Development Officer

Helena offers advice and support for all the museums across the southwest of England on how to look after the objects in their collections. This post is part of the government’s scheme to help museums in England which is now administered by Arts Council England.  The region covers almost one-fifth of England and contains more than 500 museums but Helena always finds time to support Coldharbour Mill with our Collections Care.


Morwena Stephens

Textiles & Ethnographic Artefacts Conservator

Morwena works on the conservation and research of textiles. She has provided training, assessment and on-going advice to Coldharbour Mill the help develop our strategy for care of our Textile Collections.