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Volunteer Spotlight: Forged French Assignats Part II: Britain’s and Charles X’s Roles

You may remember from a previous blog post the story of Albury Park Paper Mill, Guildford, Surrey and forged French assignats (a form of paper currency issued by the French Republic from 1789-1797). A recent discovery of an article in The Quarterly (the Journal of British paper historians, 106, April 2018) has provided us with an update…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Albury Park Paper Mill and its Forged Assignats

When I’m looking through articles in the Archive, I’m always fascinated in discovering how mills played a part in a wider, often unrelated area of history and their potential political impacts worldwide. One example can be seen in the records of Albury Park Paper Mill, in Surrey. In 1790, Charles Ball, a papermaker from Guildford…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Menier and the Chocolate Factory

February hosts a very popular and tasty-sounding celebration: National Chocolate Lover’s Month! In honour of this, our volunteer Susan has written a blog to get your taste buds tingling… A recent interesting read from my research at the Archive led me to the discovery of the Menier Chocolate Factory, the largest chocolate factory in France,…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Surprising connections between mills, art and politics

Our volunteer Susan writes about the work she’s doing at the Archive, and some of the interesting things she’s found along the way. One of the many fascinating things about the collections library here at the Mills Archive is the amazing range of information from around the world. These records, items and accounts show how…

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