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Mill Fires – Hannah Pomeroy

October, 1886: After a hard day at work you are asleep in your bed, the chill of the autumn day is negated under your blanket. Suddenly you are awakened. You have heard something that causes a chill to go down your spine…the cry of ‘Fire’. You jump out of bed and rush to the window…

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French Windmills – Amanda Knight

A quest to begin a new career as an Archivist led me to seek some hands-on experience at an accredited archive before embarking on the recommended qualifications; and who better to ask than the Mills Archive? Happily, running true to form as a recipient of the prestigious Queens Award for Voluntary Service…

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Mills Sections and Mills Archives

E. M. Gardner alongside millstones, Llecheiddior, Gwynedd in June 1951 – EMGC-04-25-28. How can one woman’s fight to preserve watermills in the 1940s define two different heritage institutions, multiple important archival collections and give young people essential work experience in the next century? This is the legacy of Emilie Montgomery Gardner.  The Mills Archive received her…

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Workshop – Caring for your collection

At the Mills Archive we recently made our first foray into delivery online webinars, on the topic of caring for archival collections.Two webinars held over two weeks looked at all aspects of archival care, including archival cataloguing, preservation of the physical items and the world of digital collections.The webinars were a repackaged version of courses…

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Building a Mill: Workforce

The mill has now been built and filled with the best, new machinery. However, ‘Fine buildings, located on traffic arteries, and equipped with the very latest of mechanical appliances do not, alone, make successful bakeries’, or in this case, mills…

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Women in the Northwestern Miller magazine

Starlina Rose Parlac’s 1934 ad featuring a woman fending off her pursuing bakers titled ‘Stop! It’s my turn to speak!’.  How women are discussed in the articles and advertisements in the Northwestern Miller throughout the 1930s is invariably situated within the male printing and advertising perspective. Even articles written by women primarily address the needs…

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Word Jumble

Since November 2023, I have been working as the Renewable Energy Intern at the Mills Archive Trust. My main project has been to create a digital exhibition exploring the often overlooked connections between traditional milling and renewable wind and waterpower technologies. Amidst the twists and turns of my initial investigations, something vital caught my attention:…

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Priority Collections

Getting our priorities in order With 286 collections in our archive, ranging from 1 to over 200 boxes in size, it is important for us at the Mills Archive to determine which collections are the most significant. This helps us to know what material to focus on when applying for funding and working with our…

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Renewable Roots

This is the beginning of a new series that explores the link between milling, renewable energy and climate change.We can condense this idea into the following sentence:Understanding Our Milling Heritage Encourages Local Initiatives In modern Renewable Energy Which impact Global Climate ChangeThis ten part series, which kicks off our new monthly newsletter, Renewable Roots, is…

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