Speaker: Richard Benjamin
Organised by the Industrial Archaeology Section
The Main Mill at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, built in 1797, is the first iron framed building in the world, and as such is seen as the grandparent of the skyscraper. This talk will take you through the history of the site, why it is here in Shrewsbury, who built it, and the parallels with contemporary buildings in the Derwent Valley. After 90 years as a Flaxmill and 90 years as a Maltings, the building is now being refurbished thanks to a National Lottery Heritage Fund Grant of £20.7m.