The Silk Mill originally served as an integral working part of the textile industry in Frome. Although most of the Somerset mills fell into disrepair after they ceased operation in the later 19th century, The Silk Mill was reused as an engineering works for several decades. In the 1970s it became an official 'Building At Risk', before undergoing complete restoration in recent years.
In 2005 the building was bought privately by Damon and Kate Moore, who set out first to restore the walls and glass 'lantern' ceiling of the Mill as a priority. The Gallery opened to the public in 2008, after which the team renovated other parts of the site.
The Silk Mill today leads the way in Frome's cultural arts-based revolution, with regular exhibitions, multifarious arts events and permanent working areas for several artists in the new studios.