During Quiet Visits the Museum will run with a reduced capacity – exclusive to Quiet Visitors, and we will lower volume levels, or not run, any noisy machinery or exhibits, all to create a more relaxed environment.
The Mill isn’t a naturally noisy place. Most of the ancient machinery runs with wood moving against metal to reduce the chance of sparks and wear. This makes the machinery quite quiet when it is running with canvass belts moving around wooden shafts and the water wheel gently lapping. It has an almost somnolent rhythm.
The mill wheels themselves are also not noisy. There is percussive tap, tap, tap as the Damsel apparatus releases grain into the centre of the stones but the whole experience is not alarming. Outside is equally tranquil with frequent birdsong, the slapping of sailboat sheets from the adjacent marina and regular river noises.
There are quiet spaces around the Mill available for those who may need them. Unfortunately, we cannot be held responsible for noise beyond our control and the Mill is located on a busy waterfront. However the Mill and its environs are usually peacefully quiet.
Quiet Visits cost one adult entry fee (currently £5) and are by arrangement, so please call 01394 388202 to book your visit.