Volunteer for the Great British Valve Project

We have been able to trace and recover 24 of the original production machines used by Mullard in Blackburn, one of the biggest valve manufacturers, and made by them and Phillips in the UK and Eindhoven. They have not been used in many years and although kept in storage, their condition is poor. These machines were the ‘state of the art’ back in their day and are beautifully engineered. They were transported back to the UK from Eastern Europe and delivered on two articulated lorries in November 2017 and we have now started the long restoration process ahead of us.

Mica Press (Harold) before and after refurbishment

Mica Press (Harold) before and after refurbishment


So, what can you do to see this project into fruition and rebuild part of the UK’s engineering heritage? Well, we need some extra help with getting the machines and the factory working again. We are recruiting volunteers to help us and the only skills required are enthusiasm and a willingness to get your hands dirty. As a volunteer you can get involved in virtually every part of the project including:
Volunteers in Action

A Volunteer in Action


  • machine refurbishment,
  • financial management,
  • recording and documentation,
  • website development
  • marketing and promotion.

Contact us now using the form below and lets talk.