350 People visit mill for Heritage Open Day

September 29th, 2014

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Sunny Bank Mills opened its doors on Friday 12th to Sunday 14th September 2014 as part of England’s biggest free heritage festival, supported by English Heritage and now in it’s 20th year. An important West Riding woollen mill, Sunny Bank Mills dates back to 1829. William and John Gaunt, the current generation of the family led tours on the hour every hour for 3 days exploring parts of the mill, telling its history, textiles in the area and the regeneration of the mills. Archive Curator Rachel Moaby and her fantastic team of volunteers welcomed visitors in the Sunny Bank Mills Archive. A nationally important archive dating back over 150 years , it contains over 200 guard books, 8000 fabric designs, old photographs & mill memorabilia. The Archive displays put out were just a sample of the contents and of it’s potential. It was an event full of enthusiasm, good will and interest. We found it very affirming for us all at Sunny Bank mills; that folk are so interested in the mill history, it’s preservation through the Archive and the mill regeneration now underway. The Sunny Bank Mills Archive is open of the 1st Wednesday of every month, no appointment necessary, just come along! [email protected]

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