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Sugar mills: shining light into the shadows

Elizabeth Bartram Two months ago, I introduced our 13th Mills Archive Research Publication “Sugar Mills and Slavery” by Stuart Nisbet. The book has been well-received and there is now a digital edition (see below). At the same time, we curated an online exhibition “Sugar & Slavery: Reproductive Mills” that sheds light on the links between technological developments…

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Women Pioneers

Biographies of women who have made a significant contribution to the history of milling Amy B Smith (b 1962)Dr E Cora Hind (1861-1942)Eva Ekeblad (1724-1786)Helen Wilkinson Slater (1774-1812)Margaret E Knight (1838-1914)Maria Christina Bruhn (1732-1808)Maria Telkes (1900–1995)Sybilla Righton Masters (c 1676 -1720)Tabitha Babbitt (1779-1853) Publications in our library that discuss or illustrate the role of women…

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£75,000 grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation for “Hidden Heroes” project

I am delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £75,000 by the Garfield Weston Foundation. This is the second largest grant we have ever received and comes at a time when Covid-19 has introduced extra challenges and curveballs for the charity sector. We have all felt the effects of the pandemic…

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National Lottery celebrates its 25th birthday!

November 2019 marks the 25th anniversary since the National Lottery was created. Since the foundation of the Mills Archive in 2002, we have been awarded more than £330,000 from the Lottery, through the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Their support has transformed what the Trust has been able to achieve. Before I joined the Mills Archive…

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Help save the Rex Wailes Collection

Today we are launching our campaign to raise funds to help preserve and make available the Rex Wailes Collection. Read on to find out more about this significant collection and how you can help to conserve and make the gems in his collection publicly accessible. We received the Rex Wailes Collection after long-term talks with…

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The Mills Archive receives a nationally important collection from the Science Museum

The Mills Archive Trust is pleased to announce that it has received one of the most important mill collections of the 20th century from the Science Museum. The material was assembled over decades by the late Rex Wailes OBE, who was an engineer and the leading consultant for the repair of windmills. Rex’s passion took…

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The Mills Archive receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

We are thrilled to announce that the Mills Archive has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. To receive this award, equivalent to an MBE for organisations, is a great honour. This accolade represents the valuable contributions and commitment of all our volunteers that make the Mills Archive a success. The Queen’s Award for…

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