History of milling and two days cramped up inside an eighteenth century cellar!

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    Cookson, Ronald F [Author]

    Publisher Milling & Grain
    Year of publication 2017 March

    Medium Digital

    Arts, culture and heritage > Archives, libraries & museums


    Scope & contentThe Mills Archive recently salvaged from the cellars of an old house in Hull, thousands of documents that described in detail the construction of roller flourmills from the start of the last century.

    Now why, did my wife Mildred, a traditional miller and one of our trustees, and Nathanael, our young archivist, spend two days cramped up inside an eighteenth century cellar saving all this paper?

    Essentially, to preserve an important part of our cultural heritage destined for landfill within a few days. Without their intervention these architectural records and all that was left of the Gelder and Kitchen roller mill archive, would have been lost forever. It is easy to be sentimental about traditional mills, their history and their place in society, but for some reason the history of the modern milling industry is in danger of disappearing into the mists of time.

    Gelder and Kitchen started designing Rank’s Clarence mills in the early 1900s and expanded to Allied Mills and many others during the rest of the 20th century. These drawings have now been saved for the nation, but too much of our milling heritage has already been lost. We should all consider what action we could take to rescue the remains, but first we need to address two questions.…Read more.


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