We are a Charitable Trust, run by volunteers. The Trust was established in 1999 by local people wanting to promote awareness of the woollen industry in the Stroud valleys and celebrate contemporary textiles.
We have a Board of Trustees responsible for the overall direction of the Charity and a Management Committee, chaired by Ian Mackintosh, that superintends our day to day activities.
We operate the Dunkirk Mill Museum at Nailsworth and, as this is Fully Accredited by Arts Council England, has its own management committee chaired by Jane Ford.
Registered Office: 8 Blenheim Rise, Randwick, Stroud, GL6 6FA
The Trust is a charitable company limited by guarantee.
Charity no: 1078398
New Members are always welcome – Please see Join & Support
Our Patron, Dame Margaret Weston was a local girl who in 1955 achieved the status of Chartered Electrical Engineer at the age of 28. She went on to have an illustrious career becoming Director of the Science Museum, London and was instrumental in setting up the Railway Museum in York, and the Media Museum in Bradford.
She remains passionate about these institutions and we greatly value her support for our own organisation.
David Elford – Chair
David has a record of broad senior commercial management in retail, HR, customer services, logistics, accounting and IT. His experience includes being interim Chief Executive of Carnival Village in London, and interim Finance Director of the Young Vic. He ran a family internet booking software business and, for some 20 years, was a consultant in the arts. This brought him into contact with many of the nation’s leading theatres and galleries undertaking such work as organisational reviews and capital project assessments and evaluations. This included a review of Notting Hill Carnival and a feasibility study for an international festival for the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance – part of the University of Limerick. He has been leader of a Council on two occasions, Chair of a 1500 pupil comprehensive school, and was Chair of South Hill Park Art Centre in Bracknell for many years overseeing significant development. David has a particular interest in textile art and craft. He has 3 children (with whom he cycled from London to Paris to raise money for the Royal British Legion), 5 grandchildren, lives in Randwick and has a place in France to which he escapes!
Ian is a retired History teacher who has over thirty years’ experience of working in voluntary groups. He was a founder member of the Stroud Preservation Trust, being particularly involved in researching the history of buildings to be restored. He then became involved in saving textile machinery and was a founder member of the STT. He helps with the daily running of the Trust, leads walks and gives talks. He is particularly concerned to promote awareness of the historical background to the story of the local mills, the local environment and the people involved. This has meant extensive research and has led to a number of brief publications on behalf of the Trust.
Tel: 01453 766273
Jane trained in Theatre Design and worked in theatres designing and making both sets and costumes. She then taught at Dartington College of Arts. On moving to the Cotswolds she made batik scarves and, for ten years while bringing up three baby girls was a regular stall holder at the Cirencester Craftsman’s Market. She is a founder member of Stroud Embroiderers’ Guild and continues to produce work for their exhibitions and workshops. She has returned to theatre, designing the Archway Musicals and productions at the Cotswold Playhouse. She has been involved with the Stroudwater Textile Trust from its earliest beginnings and in 2001 staged the first Textile Festival which became a bi-annual event. (This is now run annually by Stroud International Textiles.) She is membership secretary, education co-ordinator and occasional wire-brusher of old machinery.
Tim is a designer, maker, researcher, curator, consultant and educator, but first and foremost a passionate weaver. Initially trained at Farnham (now UCA) and later in Japan, he has worked on an extensive portfolio of projects with leading designers and makers, industrial partners, traditional craft weavers and museums, contributing to commercial and developmental projects, collections, exhibitions and conferences, world-wide. He is currently Course Leader, MA Design: Fashion & Textiles at Bath Spa University, and Visiting Professor: Shuttle (advanced woven textiles education programme) Linz University of Arts/Textile Centre Haslach, Austria. In addition to Stroudwater Textile Trust, Tim sits on the both the board of Trustees and Acquisitions Panel at the Crafts Study Centre, and is an active member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen. He continues to lecture and exhibit nationally and internationally.
Patricia has several years experience as a theory and practice-based lecturer and tutor in the international Higher Education sector, specifically in Fashion & Textiles. She has been Principal Lecturer / Academic Manager, Fashion & 3D Design, and is currently researching for a PhD in Environmental Humanities and Textiles. Patricia’s subject specialisations include sustainability in the fashion & textiles / creative industries, visual communication studies, ecofeminist studies and contextual & historical studies. Patricia has experience as gallery manager and has curated exhibitions including ‘Incendiary’ in Stroud.
Sarah has worked in arts and heritage funding for seven years and is currently Strategy and Development Manager at the Arts and Humanities Research Council where she develops funding initiatives for academic research. Prior to this she worked at the Heritage Lottery Fund where she supported applicants to apply for funding. Sarah has a degree in Museum Studies and has worked at a number of museums including locally at the Corinium Museum and Museum in the Park. Aside from her love of heritage and museums Sarah is also a keen walker and rookie bee keeper!