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An insight into one of our oldest books – ‘the Moolen-boek’

In our special collections here at the Mills Archive, we have an original copy of the Theatrum Machinarum Universale of Groot Algemeen Moolen-Boek, which translates as the Universal Theatre of Machines or Large General Mills Book, produced by Johannis van Zyl and Jan Schenk in 1734, and republished in 1761.This large folio-sized book was produced as a…

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Tolkien’s Mill

This article was first published on our blog on 10/05/2019 J R R Tolkien It is a widely known fact that J. R. R. Tolkien took a lot of inspiration for his novels from real places.  Interestingly for us, this includes mills: Sarehole Mill in Birmingham, to be precise.Although he was born in South Africa…

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From Barrels to Sacks

The articles on which this newsletter is based first appeared in Mill Memories 26, Spring 2020 and 28, Spring 2021.Millers need to keep up with each other with all phases of manufacture and distribution. Whilst packaging is not an integral part of the operation of turning wheat into flour, nevertheless, had it not progressed with…

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Merry Christmas!

Christmas is almost upon us, so we thought we would share some recipes for “Christmas cheer” from 1945.The Wine and Food Society published a series of books under the title, A Concise Encyclopaedia of Gastronomy. The fourth in the series, Cereals, contains some recipes for Christmas fare that must have presented a challenge to home bakers struggling…

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John Rennie and the Albion Mills (1784-91)

Jim Moher Those who have heard of the famous Scottish engineer, John Rennie (1761-1821), will probably remember him for his civil engineering achievements at the turn of the nineteenth century, such as the building of new London and Waterloo bridges. In fact, like many engineers of those days, Rennie also made considerable contributions to the…

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