Monday, December 30, 2019

Ghosts of Todmorden Mills

Oooooohhh, scary. The early 1800's heritage site sits across the Don River from the Evergreen Brickworks, open for exploring and hosting all manner of art exhibitions, some of them with tales from beyond the grave, or reasonable facsimile of. The Ghosts of Todmorden Mills photo exhibition is on from December 18 to January 5, their hauntings will continue until the end of time.

The Ghosts features work by 10 local youth who have put together a haunting exhibition that seek to portray the feelings of loss, mental health and the connection to things unseen. 

From Art Starts; "The Ghosts of Todmorden Mills will explore how the living take over the spaces of the dead, by animating this space which was once a paper mill owned by Colin Skinner and John Eastwood, then later by John Taylor and brothers. Today, the spirits of the past are still rumoured to roam the grounds."
Go for the art but don't forget to look around the grounds of the 9.2 hectare hidden treasure. The Todmorden website says; "Todmorden Mills Heritage Site features a group of historic buildings set in the scenic Don Valley that were once part of the small industrial community of Todmorden. The historic site exemplifies the changing human and natural history of the Lower Don Valley over the past 12,000 years. A 9.2 hectare wildflower preserve with a walking trail adjoins the museum site where a number of natural habitats can be explored, including upland and bottomland forests, dry and wet meadows, swamp lands and a pond. Todmorden Mills consists of two historic millers’ homes, a Brewery building dating from the 19th century and the renovated Papermill Theatre and Gallery."

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