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County Day Series: Huntingdonshire – the Paine’s mills of St Neots

Huntingdonshire was an historic county until it was merged with Cambridgeshire in 1974. However, in 1984, the district was reinstated as a non-metropolitan county. In 2002, Huntingdonshire Day was established on the former county’s most famous son Oliver Cromwell’s birthdate – 25 April. For me Huntingdonshire will always be. My family roots hail from Huntingdonshire…

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“The Oldest Bread in the World: the earliest-known evidence of bread-making”

Recent findings at a 14,000-year-old archaeological site in Amman, Jordan have rewritten the history of bread-making by 5,000 years! Rebecca Sherratt, Production editor, reports on the recent findings of the ‘earliest-known evidence of bread-making’ found in the Black Desert, Amman, Jordan, in this month’s issue of Milling and Grain.  You can read the full article here. …

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Michael’s Middle Eastern Adventures

In 2016 when Michael Harverson passed away, his collection of mill material was left to us. We knew his collection would be a valuable asset to the Archive. Of particular interest to Michael, and indeed to us, was his prolific study of Middle Eastern and Persian mills, more intimately those in Iran and Afghanistan. Michael…

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Be a Mills Detective: May edition

Can you help us identify these archive photos of watermill sites? Unfortunately, many of these are left unidentified or misidentified for various reasons. We need some keen eyes to help us put names and locations to these mill sites. Last month we published a selection of unidentified Welsh mill photos for you to help us identify. Several…

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The Mills Archive in ‘Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine!’

The June issue of Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine contains a double-page spread featuring an item from the Michael French Collection ‘Gem from the Archive’ is one of the magazine’s monthly features. In it Mildred discusses one of her favourite records from our rich collections, in this case the Michael French Collection. The document is…

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