Friends of the Trust

When you join the Friends of the Mills Archive Trust you join a community of like-minded individuals: you share our passion for preserving and promoting our heritage. Whether this passion was inspired by your connection with a particular milieu, an interest in history, or your career, you want everyone to understand and value the essential role its plays in our lives today.

By becoming a Friend, you will ensure that the stories of mills that powered the world and the people who kept them turning 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 share it with the entire world

Thanks to our Friends and donors, we have rescued, restored and protected over five million documents and images. We have provided a home for nearly 300 collections, including the irreplaceable work of the windmill expert, Rex Wailes, as well as 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.

To say thank you to our friends, we offer a range of benefits—our way of saying thank you for your regular support.

To say thank you to our Friends, we can offer:

  • 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 choose to have the online version instead of the printed one.
  • A DISCOUNT IN THE MILLS ARCHIVE SHOP: Friends can 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.)
  • 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 guidebooks. 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.