Folly Hall Mill Project Archive

Scope and Content

This collection contains the research outputs of the community led project into investigating the working life of the Folly Hall Mill, its owners, the Lumbs, and its employees. It contains records of the administrative side of the project, including reports for the Heritage Lottery fund (HLF), records of meetings to plan the project, steering report and other administrative papers. It also includes the outputs of research, including edited and unedited video interviews and copies of photographs. It also includes a copy of the project photographic exhibition boards, and a copy of the project website, which can be located at

Administrative / Biographical History

The project was a collaboration between the Huddersfield Civic Society, JayTee group, Northern Legacy and the Heritage Lottery Fund to preserve the story of the Mill and its workers when the JayTee group began redeveloping the site. Many ex-workers were interviewed for the project, and surviving members of the owners family, the Lumbs, also contributed. The relationship between the owners and employees of the mill was noted throughout the project to be remarkably cordial on both sides, and a model for other workplaces in the area. Research took place not only into the lives of the workers, but also the products and procedures of the mill, and this resulted in a DVD telling its story to be shown throughout the local community. The output was deposited with the University as a Hard Drive and we also host the website. (Source of this information the project website)

Access Information

Original available for consultation by appointment

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

This collection was deposited in digital format on hard drives, a DVD and a website. A set of photographic exhibition boards was also deposited. The website is now hosted on university servers.

Custodial History

The material was deposited by the Civic Society to the University Archives in 2012.