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Whitchurch Silk Mill is also looking for talented new Trustees to join their Board at an exciting time in its development. The Silk Mill is a thriving living museum which weaves silk and delights all who visit. Having recently completed a £2.1M restoration and refurbishment, it aims to be entertaining, engaging, and inspiring visitor attraction with ambitions to be nationally recognised and acknowledged industrial heritage site. 

Would you like to play a role in a charity which preserves a heritage asset of national importance? We are recruiting two new trustees, one with the potential to become Vice-Chair, to join our board and oversee the sustainability of this unique working museum.

If you are energetic, interested in people and an excellent communicator, and would be interested in contributing to the success of Whitchurch Silk Mill, we would like to hear from you, especially if you have the following skills and experience:

• Tourism focussed commercial operations
• Destination marketing, PR and social media promotions
• Museums and heritage practice
• Raising funds through sponsorship, crowd funding, public appeals or endowments

The role of trustee is voluntary. Trustees are expected to attend 4 board meetings a year, currently held on Saturday mornings. There are also opportunities for joining committees which usually meet quarterly, and occasional working groups.

For an information pack and tour of the Mill please contact the Mill Director Sue Tapliss on 01256 892065 or

Closing Date: 5.00pm Friday 20th September 2019

JOB: Trainee Weaver

Post Title: Trainee Weaver (Heritage Fund Heritage Skills Trainee) Salary: £18,000
Contract: 1 year
Hours: 37.5 hours to include weekend working
Reporting to: Visitor Experience Manager
Job purpose: The traineeship programme supports young people to develop the skills they need to secure and succeed in employment. This one-year training position would cover weaving, weaving design, guiding, engineering (of the machinery) and marketing.

Download the Role Profile and Person Specification

Download the Application Form

Whitchurch Silk Mill is looking for a Trainee Weaver who is keen to learn about making silk on their Victorian machinery. As a working museum we are looking for someone with a practical hands on approach with a genuine interest in heritage and weaving silk on tappet and dobby looms. During this one year training post the trainee will learn how to wind, warp and weave and work in this working museum in the heart of the Hampshire countryside.

The Trainee Weaver will receive

  • a full time, paid placement £18,000 pa
  • training in the operation of a Grade Two* listed Silk Mill, including winding, warping, weaving and the operation of a visitor attraction
  • time to study
  • work alongside the Senior Weaver, Mill Engineer and the Mill team
  • learn about all aspects of silk production on our historic machinery
  • develop skills, such as guiding and working in a visitor attraction

To apply, please complete the application form and send with a covering letter to by Monday 26th August 2019.

Please do not send portfolios / photographs
Closing Date: 5.00pm Monday 26th August 2019


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