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A windmill postcard with a message from war-torn Europe

This intriguing missive was found by volunteer Tom Hine. The picturesque windmill captured on the front of the postcard carries with it a message that jumped out at Tom for several reasons… The references to wartime The writer, Mr Dré Smit of Gouda, describes recent war developments to the recipient, Lottie. He writes that “The…

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Archives and Air Hangars

Our project – Archives & Air Hangars – has benefitted significantly from £10,000 we received from the Pilgrim Trust last year. Read on to find out what we have achieved for our milling records so far… The overall goal for the project was to improve storage conditions for our archival material so that it is…

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International Women’s Day: Women on War Work

Today is International Women’s Day. We thought it fitting to highlight one example of the contribution that women have made to milling. Inspiration for this blog comes from Lydia, our intern in 2017 who was exploring the Archive for items that are particularly special. The gem she found is a cigarette card dating back to…

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The Mills Archive Trust wins National Lottery support

I am delighted to announce that the Archive has received £95,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Succession Breeds Success’. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project will focus on transforming the charity in three strategic areas so that the rare milling records we care for continue…

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Treasures hidden in binbags

To celebrate #GivingTuesday, each week we will highlight a collection available for adoption. This week we are featuring the Armfield Drawings Collection. Yellowing, torn and crumpled, this collection comprises hundreds of attractive drawings of milling machinery. Created by the millwrighting and engineering firm Armfield between the 1870s-1920s, these documents provide valuable information about the construction…

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Building windmills on top of watermills: The Derek Ogden Collection

To celebrate #GivingTuesday, we are highlighting a collection available for adoption. Today’s collection is the Derek Ogden Collection. A millwright for many years, Derek repaired mills throughout the UK until he moved to the USA in 1974, continuing his mill work across the pond. His life’s work is documented in detail in the notes, photographs…

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