Friends of the Trust

When you join the Friends of the Mills Archive Trust you become part of a special community of like-minded individuals: mill enthusiasts who share our passion for preserving, protecting and promoting the history of mills and milling. Whether this passion was inspired by your connection with a particular mill, an interest in history, or a career in milling, you want everyone to understand and value the essential role played by mills, not only in the past but in our lives today.

By becoming a Friend, you will play a vital role in preserving our milling heritage for future generations. You will ensure that, even though so many of our mills have disappeared, their stories and those of the people involved in them continue to be told. Your support will help the Trust grow and engage more people with the fascinating history of mills and milling.

Friends help us to rescue material and then to share it with researchers and the general public.

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Thanks to our Friends and donors, we have rescued, restored and protected over three million documents and images. We have provided a home for over 265 collections, including such treasures as the irreplaceable Rex Wailes Collection, as well as for the thousands of printed books and pamphlets that live in our library. Together, our material offers a unique opportunity for researchers and the public to discover the rich and diverse array of crafts, people, buildings, machinery and equipment associated with mills in the UK and around the world.

As a Friend, you will help to make our collections freely available to everyone for research, education and enjoyment.

As well as becoming part of a community of mill enthusiasts, you will be entitled to a range of benefits – our way of saying thank you for your regular support.

The benefits we offer to Friends:

  • DISCOUNT IN THE MILLS ARCHIVE SHOP: Friends receive a coupon code offering a discount on book purchases in our shop, and one for high-resolution images. (This discount does not apply to post and packing charges, which are outside our control.)
  • EXCLUSIVE PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS/EVENTS: Come and see what happens behind the scenes. Two invitations to all our Garden Parties and Exhibitions.
  • A 6-MONTHLY MAGAZINE, MILL MEMORIES: Our popular A5 magazine features items from our collection, news about the Trust and features about the people involved. Back issues are all available online and you can chose to have the online version instead of the printed one.
  • FREE RESEARCH: We offer Friends a yearly allowance of one hour’s free research by Archive staff (applicable once a Friend has been with us for a year). Subsequent research is charged at half the standard public rate.
  • COPYRIGHT PRIVILEGES: Friends can request copyright fees to be reduced or waived altogether. This benefit is particularly attractive to Friends writing newsletter articles, journal publications and guide books. Larger books may attract a small charge depending on circumstances.

How your regular donation will benefit the Trust:

Donating £10 per month over the course of just one year will enable us to:

  • cover the cost of handling queries for one week
  • purchase 60 protective sleeves for vulnerable drawings
  • catalogue and digitise 350 records
  • host our website for a week

Donating £20 per month over the course of just one year will enable us to:

  • provide the packaging for 6,000 records
  • catalogue and digitise 700 records
  • purchase a dust-free vacuum cleaner to clean fragile documents
  • mentor and provide facilities for a volunteer for a fortnight

Donating £30 per month over the course of just one year will enable us to:

  • clean 12 architectural drawings disfigured by mould
  • pay the employment costs of an intern for one week
  • catalogue and digitise just over 1,000 records

We are registered with the Fundraising Regulator and comply with its recommendations: see our Fundraising Promise.

To join the Friends click here.