Operating Welsh commercial woolen mill Melin Teif has been acquired by National Wool Museum operator National Museum Wales (Amgueddfa Cymru), securing it ahead of its closure next year.
Machinery and equipment will remain on site and will be protected and maintained after closure.
Melin Teifi was founded in 1982 by Raymond and Diane Jones following the closure of Cambrian Mills, where they had both worked for 18 years.
Two years later, Melin Teifi moved to the site of the old Cambrian Mills, which houses the National Wool Museum at Dr Fach Felindre in the Teifi Valley in Carmarthenshire.
The move comes as the number of woolen mills operating in Wales is declining. The machinery and equipment remaining on site, they will be protected, maintained and operated by the artisans of the museum.
Raymond Jones of Melin Teifi said the acquisition “will move the industry forward, get people to learn and run this plant, and keep the industry alive for the future.”
Ann Whittall, Director of the National Wool Museum, said the equipment acquired “will enable our craftsmen to continue their training and develop their skills whilst producing high quality Welsh woolen blankets.
“Seeing these machines in full working order will enhance the visitor experience with visitors able to witness living history at its best, watching and learning from our artisans and hopefully inspiring the next. generation of weavers.”