The Hay Mills Foundation Trust

The three-hundred-year history of manufacturing steel wire and wire rope in Birmingham and the histories of the people who worked here is being brought to life at Hay Mills. 

Working with the archives of Webster and Horsfall, Birmingham’s oldest manufacturing business, volunteers are delving into employment records and the worlds of music, transport, armaments, telecommunications, mining, oil, food production, health and many others showing how the developments and inventions created here have been at the very centre of some of the most significant and historic industrial events over the last three centuries.


The Hay Mills Foundation Trust is on a mission

To discover by 2020 a usable record of the history related to wire, and wire rope manufacture at Hay Mills as well as previous sites in Birmingham and related links around Britain

To provide public access to the records on-line

To catalogue and for the viewing of archives and artefacts in conjunction with Birmingham City Archive Department

A Museum of artefacts to be established at Hay Mills in Birmingham