In the mid-1980s, concern was voiced by some residents of Vimianzo regarding the deteriorated aspect of the fulleries and mills. The steps taken by the municipality of Vimianzo—in which city councilman Ramón Gándara played an active role—managed to spearhead an initial restoration of the roof of the north building and one of the fulling mills.

O carpinteiro José da Carballa. Fotograma do documental “Os batáns do Mosquetín, un conxunto etnográfico singular”.
Construción do eixo. Fotograma do documental “Os batáns do Mosquetín, un conxunto etnográfico singular”.

The recovery of the machinery of the fulling mill was really a remarkable endeavor carried out during the winter of 1985 and 1986 by one of the owners, José García, with the help of the carpenter Daniel da Carballa. This process entailed a detailed investigation as to the mechanics of the apparatuses and has been captured in a short documentary titled “Os derradeiros batáns” [The last battalions].

Unfortunately, the floods of the year 1987 seriously affected the buildings and damaged the machinery that remained inside the fulleries. In this way Mosquetín returned to an abandoned state and at the beginning of the following decade the fulleries and mills were once again covered by vegetation.

Given this situation there was an extraordinary and almost unprecedented event in the area. On December 28, 1991, about twenty associations from three municipalities of the Terra de Soneira (Vimianzo, Zas and Camariñas) came together under the slogan “Save the Fulleries” to clean the overgrowth surrounding the buildings.

However, the definitive recovery of the ensemble didn’t happen until the year 1997. Arrangements were made for the purchase of mills and fulleries by the Provincial Council of A Coruña. One of the key people in the process was Felipe Senén, director of the Cultural Management Department of the Provincial Council. Also fundamental was the participation of Xosé María Lema, Roberto Mouzo and Councilman Ramón Gándara, especially in the negotiations with the last owners of the lands.

Cartel das asociacións de Soneira convocando á limpeza do Mosquetín.
La voz de Galicia. 19 de xaneiro de 1992.

The final large-scale restoration and creation of the surroundings were carried out at the close of the 1990s and at the outset of the following decade. Particular events stand out, such as the drafting of a project for a museum by Francisco Doval and the final restoration of the three fulleries carried out by Martín Senande, a carpenter from Canduas (Cabana de Bergantiños).

Currently the mills and fulleries are owned by the Provincial Council of A Coruña and since 2016 the municipality of Vimianzo manages the public service to visitors, extracurricular activities, communication and promotion of the ethnographic ensemble.

La voz de Galicia. 19 de xaneiro de 1992.