The AIA Young Members Board is delighted to announce that Dawe’s Twineworks in Somerset have won the Community Engagement Award 2022.
This award is given to projects anywhere in the world which promote, preserve or interpret industrial archaeology or heritage and demonstrate an element of Community Engagement.
The Twineworks is the only surviving Victorian Twineworks with its original machinery. The site closed and was neglected in 1968 until local people campaigned to save it. It was purchased by Somerset District Council in 2005 and subsequent work to restore the site has been undertaken by the West Coker village community. A lottery heritage grant or £404,000 ensured that complete restoration was possible and a community visitor centre was built. In 2019 the site was removed from the ‘Heritage at Risk’ register.
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