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Mills make the world go round

Mills are most well-known for grinding corn into flour. Over the centuries mills powered by wind, water and other power sources have been used for many other types of industry. These series of newsletters will highlight a different use each month. You can find the full set here at https://new.millsarchive.org/2020/06/25/mills-make-the-world-go-round/.  Salt mills Salt (sodium chloride) is essential for…

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Rex as photographer and mill recorder

In our digital world, it is easy to forget the debt we owe to photography. Records of our 19th and 20th century milling heritage are enriched by photographs of historic mills. Rex Wailes demonstrated that the person behind the camera was equally important. Not only was he an engineer interested in mills, he was keen…

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Excavating a Cellar

Last month I mentioned that in 2017 the Mills Archive played a vital part in the rescue of an important archive destined for destruction. The important architectural practice of Gelder and Kitchen had recently been liquidated and their large collection of files at Maister House, a National Trust property in Hull, was under severe threat.Alfred…

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Mills make the world go round

Mills are most well-known for grinding corn into flour. Over the centuries mills powered by wind, water and other power sources have been used for many other types of industry. These series of newsletters will highlight a different use each month. You can find the full set here at https://new.millsarchive.org/2020/06/25/mills-make-the-world-go-round/.  Bone mills Bone mills were designed to crush…

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A Happy and Productive Partnership

One of our first visitors to the Archive, as we carefully start to welcome researchers back, expressed great interest in our valuable collection of the Hull-based architects, Gelder and Kitchen. Five years ago the firm had gone into liquidation and we rescued several hundred files from the basement of their practice in a 17th century…

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Our Milling Engineers and the Milling Revolution

Many articles from The Miller or Milling demonstrate the importance to the milling trade of conventions and exhibitions. Both these Victorian publications are held at the Mills Archive, along with the American Northwestern Miller. All three journals have some significant gaps, so we would welcome any offers of material as we continue to build the…

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Mills make the world go round saw mills

Mills are most well-known for grinding corn into flour. Over the centuries mills powered by wind, water and other power sources have been used for many other types of industry. These series of newsletters will highlight a different use each month. You can find the full set here at https://new.millsarchive.org/2020/06/25/mills-make-the-world-go-round/.  Water powered saw mill Saw mills, both wind…

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British and Irish Flour Mills. James Comerford’s Roller Mills, County Wicklow, Ireland

As with my previous articles, I have chosen accounts from The Miller or Milling describing successful mills from the early days of roller flour milling.  Both these Victorian publications are held at the Mills Archive, along with the American Northwestern Miller. All three journals have some significant gaps, so we would welcome any offers of…

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Mills make the world go round – Incense mills

Incense is made from tree resin, roots, flowers or seeds and produces a sweet smell when burnt. It has been used widely throughout the world in religious ceremonies. In China incense was manufactured in watermills – often three or more on a hillside. Small wooden waterwheels powered millstones or hammers to crush the wood. A…

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