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A new chapter: Tolkien Society and Sarehole Mill

The Tolkien Society and Birmingham Museums Trust (BMT) are delighted to announce that they will be working together to promote and enhance Sarehole Mill. J.R.R. Tolkien spent several happy childhood years within sight of the Mill, which became the inspiration for the mill at Hobbiton in his classic work ‘The Hobbit’. In 1960, Tolkien personally contributed to the public appeal which enabled the Mill to be saved and it was restored in 1969.

Shaun Gunner, Chairman of the Tolkien Society said:

I am really excited about this partnership with Sarehole Mill, which inspired Tolkien’s vision of the Shire. The Tolkien Society exists to promote the life and works of J.R.R. Tolkien: Sarehole Mill – and the surrounding area form the foundations of Tolkien’s Middle-earth which make this a deeply special place. It is a place that deserves to be much more widely known and loved, this partnership will ensure this happens.

Robert Hayes, Commercial Director at Birmingham Museums Trust said:

Birmingham has always been a city which has inspired creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit. BMT is delighted to be in partnership with the Tolkien Society to ensure the Mill continues to encourage growth in local and national visitors. It is a truly exceptional place.

Tolkien Weekend

This autumn Sarehole Mill presents a Tolkien Weekend on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September, 11-4pm. This free, family friendly event includes Middle Earth crafts and story telling. The Tolkien Society and Birmingham Museums Trust are planning future events for 2016.

General info about Sarehole Mill

Between 28 March – 1 November 2015, Sarehole Mill is open Wednesday to Sunday 12-4pm, with milling taking place on Wednesdays and Sundays.

During term time weekdays please call 0121 348 8263 to book a guided tour, Adults £7.

Weekends, Bank holidays and school holidays, Adults £6/Concessions £5/children under 16 free (no-booking required).

About Birmingham Museums Trust

Birmingham Museums Trust is an independent charity that manages the city’s museum collection and venues on behalf of Birmingham City Council. It uses the collection of around 800,000 objects to provide a wide range of arts, cultural and historical experiences, events and activities that deliver accessible learning, creativity and enjoyment for citizens and visitors to the city. Most areas of the collection are designated as being of national importance, including the finest collection of Pre-Raphaelite art in the world. Attracting over 1 million visits a year, the Trust’s venues include Aston Hall, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collections Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank and Weoley Castle.

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He chaired another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.