Northern Irish Mills: a talk on their history, tradition and their potential

Proposed RIBA Curriculum Topic: Places, planning and communities

Mills form an important part of the social and industrial heritage of Northern Ireland.  In particular the role that flax and linen played in the economic development of our forbearers is all too often overlooked in the present.  Yet each of the more than 3000 mills has its own unique history, charm and characters which are a connection to our shared past.

These buildings – many of which have fallen into disrepair – can still make a positive contribution to contemporary life, through renovation, reuse, or other adaptation.  RSUA has asked local historian and expert on Northern Ireland’s mills, Sebastian Graham, to give a talk on mill restoration and share some thoughts on how these structures might be brought back into use again.

Course Content:

The topics which will be covered in this talk are:

  • Examples of different categories of mill found in Northern Ireland
  • Case studies of mills which have been restored
  • Key considerations when renovating
    • Do’s and don’ts
  • Q&A (time permitting)

Speaker info

Sebastian Graham established “Mills of Northern Ireland” which is a resource cataloguing over 3000 mills as well as their associated industry which shaped Ulster and Northern Ireland.  Sebastian is the winner of the Public vote for the Heritage Angel Awards NI 2018 and is also a member of the Mills and Millers of Ireland.