Lottery cash secured for heritage attraction

Barnsley’s Worsbrough Mill has secured funding of £244,111 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The cash will be used to celebrate its industrial heritage and future proof the mill’s history through new volunteering opportunities, community engagement, and creative commissions.

Worsbrough Mill is a working 17th-century water mill surrounded by a country park. The mill will mark its 400th birthday in 2025.

The project backed by the National Lottery will also receive £12,500 from Barnsley Museums and Heritage Trust, a charity that supports the work of Barnsley Museums.

The money awarded will help create new activities in the building, such as tours and talks, as well as improve community engagement facilities.

It will create more volunteering opportunities focused on skills such as milling, baking, and maintenance.

The cash will also support the commissioning of artists and creatives to produce new works inspired by the mill and its surroundings, which will be displayed and performed during the 400th birthday celebrations in 2025.

Councillor Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesman for regeneration and culture, said: “Worsbrough Mill is a remarkable example of industrial heritage that has survived and adapted over four centuries.

“Thanks to National Lottery players, this funding will ensure that the mill continues to thrive as a museum, community hub, and outstanding tourist attraction for generations to come.

“The heritage offer in Barnsley is outstanding and makes it a brilliant place to come for a free day out.”

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