Restored with Love

Restoration of our hatting machines has been funded by a grant from the Association for Industrial Archaeology. We thought you’d like to know more about the organisation who have helped us bring our factory floor back to life…….

They are a national body of people with an interest in identifying, recording and preserving Britain’s industrial past. Their money comes from generous donations by their members – who have a passionate interest in industrial archaeology with significant social or historic merit. 

Applications this year covered projects as diverse as locomotives, buildings, vessels, water mills, vehicles, stationary engines, mining headgear, a railway inspector’s saloon carriage, a freighter airplane, a timber waggonway and a cast-iron signpost. So we are in very good company!

This grant has enabled specialist restorers to come on site to repair, re-fit, re-tune, oil, paint, gild and polish 30 fur felt hatting machines.

They have asked if their own engineers and enthusiasts can visit when the work is complete. We can’t wait to show them what we’ve done with their money.

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