Coldharbour Working Wool Museum is pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Holdway-Bradley as its new General Manager. Peter comes with a wealth of experience and was most recently Operations Manager at The Brewhouse Theatre in Taunton.
Chief Executive Mrtin has said: Despite the challenging times heritage attractions now face, the appointment of a general manager for the first time is a significant step forward for us as a small independent charity and we are delighted that after a tough recruitment process Peter is joining the small and dynamic team.
Coldharbour Mill Museum has been in continuous wool production since 1797 and today over 100 volunteers commit over 28,000 hours a year to the factory, museum, shop, café, steam engines, administration, grounds and maintenance. Listed by Historic England as “the best preserved complete complex of mill buildings in the country”, we are committed to continuing to educate and inspire visitors, whilst preserving this unique site in Uffculme.
Peter Holdway-Bradley said: I am very excited to be joining the team at Coldharbour Mill to help continue the excellent work being done by the passionate team of staff and volunteers. With a history of work within the heritage, arts and charity sectors, I am eagerly anticipating getting stuck into developing the mill to achieve greatness. With my previous experience working within a heritage setting I understand the vital role these venues play and champion the need to restore, support and maintain these beacons of history. I also understand the challenges that these buildings face and the pressures and pitfalls that need to be overcome to progress these mainly volunteer sustained operations.
Having also worked within Theatre and the Arts, I feel building the repertoire of events that could be held at the Mill could be a great way to attract new audiences, increase income and also encourage further community and volunteer engagement within the Mill and its connected projects.
Coldharbour Mill brings the past to life by showing the key part it played in the industrial revolution within the Southwest but I think it can be much more. I feel it can truly play a key part in the current community while attracting a whole host of visitors, educating people of all ages about the mill’s rich history.
With the fantastic projects the team has already been working on like the sensory garden and Mill Pond restoration, I am sure that the Mill will continue to educate, inspire and attract huge community and visitor engagement over the years to come and I am ready to play my part.