Cause UK is working with the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership, who are on the look out for some enthused volunteers to help open up an exciting new heritage site – Wath Mill – after completing restoration works.
Volunteers Needed for Unique Heritage Project
The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership is seeking volunteers to ensure an exciting heritage site opens to the public.
A team is needed to open Wath Mill over four Saturdays this summer, with full training provided for volunteers in April.
The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership recently restored Wath Mill’s features, including the four sets of millstones and associated machinery.
Wath Mill is a late 19th century mill with a long and interesting history. It nestles between the Sportsman’s Arms and a terrace of early 19th century cottages in Nidderdale. The significance of the mill is twofold, firstly in the survival of the machinery, specifically the Hurst Frame, millstones and waterwheel, and secondly in the role it plays in the story of the social history of the mills in Nidderdale.
Louise Brown, the Historic Nidderdale Project Officer, said: “The project has attracted huge interest. Many are curious to see what’s behind the locked doors, but we can only safely open the site if it is manned by volunteers, otherwise the doors to this fascinating glimpse through time will remain closed.”
The Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Yorkshire Dales LEADER programme, helps people get involved in the historic landscapes, cultural heritage and wildlife habitats in the region. It has been working at a number of flagship heritage sites.
Volunteers will receive full-training and valuable experience working in the heritage sector.
Louise added: “This is a great opportunity for anyone with a passion for heritage, particularly if you love to share your passion with other people. It’s a chance to meet like-minded people and is a great way to get involved with the community in the idyllic Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Without volunteers, this site will remain closed, and we really want to share it with the public. What’s more, you’ll be helping to support important work to conserve, safeguard, and communicate the heritage of Nidderdale’s unique landscape.”
Volunteers need to offer at least one half-day of their time to open the mill, and be able to attend a training session in April. Volunteers are needed on the first Saturday of every month from May to August.
To register interest, contact Louise Brown, the Historic Nidderdale Project Officer, on Louise.Brown@harrogate.gov.uk or call her on: 01423 712950 for a chat.
You can find out more about the work of the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership at uppernidderdale.org.uk