8th March 2018


Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings - students making great bricks

Shrewsbury Colleges Group students have become the first to gain hands-on experience of traditional construction methods, using 18th Century Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings as a site for hands-on learning.

 On Thursday 8 March, 12 Level 1 and 2 Brickwork students spent the morning at the Flaxmill Maltings site learning  to make the ‘great’ bricks  that were used in the construction of the iconic Grade I listed Main Mill - the world’s first iron-framed building and forerunner of modern day skyscrapers, which was built in 1797.

The session is part of Historic England’s Heritage Skills programme, supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation which offers a number of training opportunities, work-based placements and continuing professional development opportunities for construction trainees, students, contractors, craftspeople and professionals. The programme is being made possible under the wider £20.7 million National Lottery refurbishment of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.

For more information, click here to read the press release.