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Silk Mill Trust

Your visit helps us preserve living weaving heritage at Whitchurch Silk Mill, which is a working museum of national significance. 

Heritage silk weaving and preserving traditional silk weaving skills are what we are about. Preserving and maintaining our historic mill machinery in working order along with its environmental setting is fundamental to achieving this; also retaining and growing our team of skilled and experienced weavers.

While commercial production provides an important income stream for the Trust, with our shop being the prime outlet, this needs to be balanced against our charitable purpose, and importantly enabling our visitors to experience the unique atmosphere of a traditional working silk mill and to understand the process involved in the production of woven silk.

Those of us privileged to lead it must ensure it is run as a working museum to high standards. The Board of Trustees is the Trust’s governing body. It is ultimately responsible for everything that happens at the Trust and for meeting its charitable purpose.

There are normally 12 Trustees on the Board. Three of these Trustees are nominated by outside bodies including Hampshire Buildings Preservation Trust, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Whitchurch Town Council. They come from a variety of backgrounds, from heritage to business. All Trustees are appointed to the Board for an initial term of three years and are eligible to re-stand. Trustees normally serve for two further terms in order to ensure a balance of continuity and refreshment.

The Board of Trustees normally meets four times a year, you find out who they are on our Team Page.

Charitable objects

To educate the public in the history of the production, design, distribution and sale of silk and other textiles and their connections to Whitchurch.

  • To secure for the benefit of the public the preservation, restoration, improvement, enhancement and maintenance of the features and objects of historical and industrial interest at the Silk Mill, Whitchurch, Hampshire, and its environs, and also the art of silk making.
  • In order to achieve these aims the Mill is open to the public six days a week (Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays) from 10.30am to 5pm.

The principal aim of a visit to the Mill is to learn about 200 years of silk making in Whitchurch, and to watch skilled workers using the 19th century machinery.

Whitchurch Silk Mill Trust cares for this heritage in trust and makes it available to the widest possible audience.

What we collect

Whitchurch Silk Mill’s collections span over 200 years and about 5,000 objects. Find out about how we organise and develop our collections and their history in our Collections Development Policy.


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