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Roller milling romances

With the romance of Valentine’s Day recently past, this blog is looking at some of the romantic stories that have been found whilst researching the history of roller milling. Throughout the early years of roller milling, there is a common factor between many firms, namely that they tended to be family-run businesses. This was true…

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Six Nations

This weekend sees the beginning of the Six Nations, so whether you’re planning on following the games or doing everything you can to avoid them, this week’s blog should be able to give you some interesting roller milling facts about each of the six nations, to either whet your appetite for the weekend games, or…

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Meg O’ The Mill

It was Burns Night last night, so it seemed appropriate to start this week’s blog with a poem by Robert Burns himself: O ken ye what Meg o’ the Mill has gotten? An’ ken ye what Meg o’ the Mill has gotten? She gotten a coof wi’ a claute o’ siller, And broken the heart o’ the barley Miller!The Miller was strappin, the Miller was ruddy, A heart like…

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Detective work from the UK to New Zealand

This week has seen me draw from one resource that the Archive houses in large numbers for our roller mill history project: namely postcards. A search for ‘postcard’ in the online catalogue returns with 6304 results, and there are more that have not yet been catalogued. These items provide a wealth of information and can…

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A Christmas blog

With Christmas a mere few days away, it feels an appropriate time to spread some festive cheer. Helping me to accomplish this are the numerous Christmas editions of American journal, The Northwestern Miller, held here at the Archive. Through their festive adverts, stories, and poems, this blog will endeavour to display Christmas past, present and…

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