New bid for industrial memories from mill

Ena Mill at Atherton with owner Simon Yates.
Ena Mill at Atherton with owner Simon Yates.
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A RETAIL mill in Atherton is asking local people to donate exhibits for a new visitor attraction.

Putting the recent flood disaster woes behind them, bosses at Ena Mill are looking to further extend the former cotton mill’s appeal.

The Museum of Atherton Industry will form a key part of new expansion plans to be housed in a dedicated ground floor area with an opening date pencilled in for later in the year.

It will occupy a space of more than 2,000ft sq with space for dozens of exhibits.

And negotiations with Wigan Council are also on-going in the hope that the museum can also host a new educational facility.

As previously reported, Ena Mill has already applied to take on loan, machinery from the now-defunct Trencherfield Mill museum at Wigan.

Simon Yates of Ena Mill, said: “The museum will tell the story of the mills and celebrate an era that generated new prosperity for the area. We’re so proud to be breathing new life into such an iconic building.

“Every day we come to work the whole place is alive with memories of textile manufacturing. The museum will celebrate those memories, and bring something new and different to the shopping and leisure destination we’re building here at the mill.”

Several weeks ago the mill endured a five-day closure caused by more than 100,000 gallons of flood water from a burst pipe but the re-opening saw more than 5,000 people shop there.

Mr Yates added: “We’re appealing to people who may have worked in the mill, and their friends and family, to share memories and artifacts. And we’ll build a museum around their stories.”

Anyone with stories, photographs or artifacts to share can contact Simon Yates on 01942 882406 or e-mail