Flax Mill Maltings Photography Project

Inspired by the Flax Mill Maltings?

Fancy seeing your photographs in a published book?

We have the opportunity for you!

People are being asked to submit their photographs for inclusion in a new book that will celebrate the Flax Mill Maltings and the people who have been inspired by the site and its history.

The Flax Mill Maltings is a unique and internationally important site, containing seven listed buildings including the world’s first iron framed building. Since 1797 the Flax Mill Maltings has played a significant role in the social, economical and architectural development of Shrewsbury, Shropshire and beyond.

Over its history the Flax Mill Maltings and the people who worked and lived there have been photographed by a huge number of people. Now as the Flax Mill Maltings is about to begin its transformation into a visitor attraction as well as a place for learning, workspaces and community use, the Friends want to collate images new and old into a photographic book.

This publication will celebrate the Flax Mill Maltings and the people who have been inspired by the site and its history. It will not be a historical record of the site, but a collection of a range of aspects of the buildings and the wider site that have captured the eye of photographers, visitors and volunteers over the years.

The idea for the book came from Tom Willder our Visual Recording Project Coordinator:

“I joined the Friends as a volunteer last year. It has been fantastic that so many people have joined the project as volunteers and donated images to our archive. When I started to review the images people were taking and those that had been donated I realised we had the makings of a publication! This is a chance for your photographs to be part of one of the most exciting heritage projects in the UK.”

We looking for a broad range of images of the Flax Mill Maltings, including landscapes, buildings and close ups of specific elements and artefacts from throughout the Flax Mill Maltings history.

We have already received some stunning images many of which were included in the Photography Exhibition at our September Open Weekend. As always the arts played a central role in the weekend which attracted over 1500 visitors.

Richard Benjamin Community Arts Coordinator “The Friends have always been passionate about embedding the arts into all our events. Our projects have always had a fantastic response from artists and the public as art is a great fun way to engage people with the Flax Mill Maltings and its heritage.”

You don’t need to be a professional to enter anyone can submit images for consideration. We will be holding a session on site this Saturday 16th November 10 -1pm so if you have a final chance to capture the site on film. Booking Essential

If you are interested in entering images or joining the visual recording team who will continue to document the site through the construction period get in touch [email protected].


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