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Don Paterson (d. 2002)

Don Paterson was a great lover of Lancashire mills with roots at Bretherton.  In 1982 he and Mildred Cookson decided to start up a North West Mills Group with Don as the chairman.  They produced a newsletter of which Don was the editor until 2000, he then went on to produce the annual review for…

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Roy Gregory (d. 2013)

Roy was a serious student of the history and conservation of windmills since 1974 when he took responsibility for the windmill in Skidby in East Yorkshire. His wide research led to his books “East Yorkshire Windmills” (1985) and “Windmills in Yorkshire” (2009) with Laurence Turner. He published “The Industrial Windmill in Britain” in 2005 and…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Milling and Social Change from a Volunteer’s Perspective

Author: Nigel Birch I have been volunteering at The Mills Archive for 18 months or so, having previously known little about the milling industry, its historical and social influences, and variety of methods employed. I now know a little more than I did – but am far from being an expert! Volunteering at the Archive…

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John Munnings Collection

Authors: Nathanael Hodge & Laura Felton-Hustwitt The John Munnings Collection contains detailed watermill sketches by artist John Munnings, together with his notes and the typescript for a book. 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 of…

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John Munnings’ Watermill Sketchbooks

Author: Laura Felton-Hustwitt For the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to look through and catalogue two of John Munnings’ watermill sketchbooks. Containing 143 sketches of water mills from all over the country, it was a long but worthwhile process scanning and recording each and every page. My job was to add the…

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