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Detective work at the Archive

To work in an archive you sometimes need to be a detective. This is especially true for the tangled web of the mill world, where everybody knew everybody and things were constantly passing from one person to another. A little digging can reveal unexpected connections between material that came to the archive by completely different…

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New at the archive: John Munnings Collection

A collection of detailed watermill sketches by artist John Munnings, together with his notes and the typescript for a book, is the latest addition to the archive. John Munnings (1916-1987) was the son of a miller and nephew of the artist Sir Alfred Munnings. He was born at Mendham Mill, Suffolk, and his planned book is full…

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More collections on the Hub

Fourteen Mills Archive collections are now on the Archives Hub. These include two full catalogues, the Reid Windmills Albums and E Lancaster Burne Correspondence, and twelve described at collection level only. The Archives Hub has also made the Mills Archive the subject of its monthly feature, which can be read here (follow the link at the end to see a list…

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Mills Archive on the Archives Hub

The first Mills Archive collection can now be viewed on the Archives Hub. The Archives Hub is a website where archive repositories from across the UK upload their catalogues so that the country’s archival material can be searched in one place. My project over the last two months (funded by the Vodafone World of Difference scheme) has…

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Harry Meyer (1900-1982)

Harry Meyer at Blackthorn, 12 June 1931. Photograph by Doris Meyer. Harry Meyer was a mill enthusiast who from the 1920s to the 1940s carried out cycle trips taking photographs of windmills throughout England. Harry was the son of Heinrich Freidrich Ludwig Meyer, a music teacher born in Hanover, Germany. Heinrich married Lillian Harriet Smith,…

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Rex Wailes (1901-1986)

Rex Wailes at his home in Beaconsfield studying the Groot Volkomen Molenboek, 1939.Photograph by Hallam Ashley. This temporary page provides biographical detail about Rex Wailes, the pioneer of the UK’s windmill repair movement. Now his collection has moved to the Mills Archive we will be able to offer limited access to interested individuals. To speed…

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Stanley Freese (1902-1972)

Photograph by Brian Flint, 1971.Pasted in Peter Dolman’s copy of ‘Windmills and Millwrighting’. DOLM/6521 Stanley Harman Freese was born in 1902. He first became interested in mills when on holiday at Darsham, Suffolk in 1923, and cycled extensively throughout England sketching and photographing mills and other features of the countryside. Some of these journeys were…

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