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Tide Mill funding boost helps it connect with more kids

News ArticleTide Mill funding boost helps it connect with more kids

The Woodbridge Tide Mill is set to receive visits from hundreds more children this year thanks to a cash injection from the Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Community & Conservation Fund.

The museum has received funding to support and increase school trips by subsidising the cost of coach transport for schools along the Suffolk Coast.

Heather Sheehan, Head of Education at Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum, said the grant would allow them to reach a larger number of pupils who could benefit from getting hands-on with history.

“Students can see tidal power in action, grind their own flour and get a sense of the ingenuity, mechanics and engineering that was used over 800 years ago when Woodbridge Tide Mill was built,” she said. “The exhibits also show the pivotal role Woodbridge Tide Mill played in Woodbridge’s rich history and the prosperity of the town. We look forward to welcoming lots of schools to the Mill over the coming months.”

The award was granted in April but has been allocated for the new school year.

It allows Woodbridge Tide Mill Museum to offer transport subsidies of up to £100 to each school located within the Suffolk Coast AONB.

The museum has recently updated their learning programme, and now offer an exciting, authentic learning experience for educational settings through exploration of the site. They can cater for children from both KS1 and KS2 and cover a wide range of curriculum subjects, and can even tailor sessions to suit the schools learning needs and fit with the current topics and themes of learning.

Any schools located in the Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB can apply for subsidised travel to Woodbridge Tide Mill and book a visit by contacting Heather Sheehan on enquiries.woodbridgetidemill@gmail.com.

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB Community & Conservation Fund is a home-grown fund, developed in partnership with local businesses.  The aim of the fund is to support grass roots conservation, access and education projects in the Suffolk Coast & Heaths AONB. 

 When Woodbridge Tide Mill closed in 1957 it was the last commercial working tide mill in England. It is now one of only two tide mills in the country still producing stoneground wholemeal flour. The current mill is 220 years old but the earliest known mill on the same site was built in the 12th century. It is managed and maintained by volunteers, dedicated to sustaining this wonderful example of a bygone age. It is a popular visitor attraction and educational resource and continues to produce genuine stoneground flour.