The last remaining working water-powered corn mill in the Lake District National Park undergoes £1m refurbishment
Eskdale Mill is a grade II*, rare surviving traditional watermill and drying kiln nestled in one of the Lake District's most stunning locations, and is the last remaining working water-powered corn mill in the Lake District National Park. Officially opened in July by Eric Robson, this historic mill has recently undergone significant renovation as part of a near £1m restoration project, including the newly restored lower waterwheel, which had not worked since 1930. Fusion were called in to assist with this project by creating AV installations, designed to enhance the visitor experience.
Fusion's part in this heritage project was to install three quirky AV elements, including a short-throw projector, projecting down onto the drying floor. This clever animation outlines how the oat shoveling process would have been performed when the mill was fully operational.
Alongside this video projection, Fusion installed a touchscreen interactive to provide a method of investigating the mill for the elderly or disabled who cannot fully access the experience. This bespoke interactive portrays the workings of the mill through a series of videos and imagery.
The third AV element is an audio interactive which plays a piece of music called ‘A Jolly Miller’, played on an instrument known as a melodeon, all at the touch of a button.
Plan your visit to Eskdale Mill here: https://eskdalemill.co.uk