Prior to its closure in December 2015, Wansbrough Mill had been the lifeblood of employment in Watchet, West Somerset, for over 250 years. Its presence in the town helped to define the identity of a place in which people have always made and created. This virtual tour captures the Mill as it was in 2015, weeks before its closure.
Use the aerial map to find your location in the Mill, or navigate through each room by following the animated hotspots. Each location is named by the machinery or processes that took place inside, as they were known to the workers of the Mill.
This tour was part of a wider heritage project by Contains Art that looked to preserve, disseminate and celebrate the story of the Mill, which had defined the identity of the town, doing so while memories were fresh and connections remained strong. The project explored the personal memories of workers; the social impact of its closure and the process of decommissioning. This project was made possible by The Heritage Lottery Fund.
Best Before End worked with Glyn Jarrett, award wining photographer, creating 360° panoramas, "stitched" together as a VR tour, with integrated hotspots of commissioned artists work—a mixture of paintings, sketchbooks, sculpture, poetry (print & audio), photography, historical images, brochures, music and film.
View the tour: www.containsart.co.uk/Wansbrough