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 is to bring to life the story of the industrial revolution.
By conserving the past, our mission is to educate and inspire future generations.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.