Friday, 22 November 2013

Restoration Update - 22nd Nov 2013

Our millwrights have nearly finished the work on the windmill sails and now hope be be able to attach them to the mill sometime in the week commencing 8th December. The millwrights will need a couple of days to prepare the sails on site before they go on. Attaching the sails to the mill is a weather dependant operation - ideally a calm, dry day.
Our millwrights will update us closer to the time and we will the pass on this information as soon as possible.
Members of the public and media will be most welcome to watch the sails being attached.
Residents of Saxon Drive, Mill Lane and Mill Close will receive a letter from us to inform them of the work.

Before that, though, we are going to be on tv!
A couple of weeks ago a production company working for the BBC came to do some filming at Stevens' Mill which included interviews with Paul, the Museum Trust Chairman, Jane, Fresh Wind in Our Sails Project Manager, and Luke, Mill Consultant.
At the moment we don't know how much Burwell material will be shown in the programme. The programme is called Restoring England's Heritage and is due to be broadcast in the BBC Look East region on Thursday 5th December at 7:30pm. It should be available nationally after broadcast via the BBC iPlayer. More information here

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Restoration Update - 6th November 2013

The last of the scaffolding surrounding the mill was removed today (6th November 2013) as the builders have now finished the painting of the exterior of the mill. This means that the site is now clear for our millwrights to install the 2 renovated and 2 new sails later this month (hopefully - weather permitting). Our volunteer "Shutter Team" have finished making and painting all the new shutters and these have been collected by the millwrights and fitted into the sails. The sails will remain at the millwrights yard in Lincolnshire until the installation day.
Keep checking this Blog or our Facebook or Twitter pages for the date of the installation of the sails.