Online resources

These other resources and databases are provided by external organisations related to mills, milling or industrial heritage worldwide.

The Mills Archive is not responsible for the maintenance of these resources or the accuracy of the information that they contain. If the website is in a foreign language, Google may offer a translation. Please let us know if any of the links cease to function.

General archives

Title Description
Archives Hub Enables you to search across descriptions of archives held at over 250 institutions across the UK.
British Library The United Kingdom's national library.
National Archives Discovery A catalogue of more than 32 million descriptions of records held by The National Archives and more than 2,500 other archives across the UK.
National Library of Ireland Ireland's national library.
National Library of Scotland Scotland's national library.
National Library of Scotland map images NLS's digitised and zoomable catalogue of maps covering Scotland, England, Wales and beyond.
SCAN Catalogue Online catalogue describing historical records in more than fifty Scottish archives. The word mill provides more than 600 entries for mills in Scotland
Scottish Archive Network (SCAN) A project that aims to revolutionise access to Scotland's archives by providing a single electronic catalogue to the holdings of more than 50 Scottish archives.
Scottish Council on Archives Leading Scotland's archives and records management community to inspire and inform the nation (Vision Statement); Working with the sector and other associates to develop services and realise their potential for users (Mission Statement)
UK Web Archive Archived web pages from the UK, managed by the British Library.
Wayback Machine Archived web pages from across the world, managed by the Internet Archive in San Francisco.

Industrial archaeology

Title Description
Association for Industrial Archaeology The AIA promotes the study, preservation and presentation of Britain's industrial heritage.
Cleveland Industrial History Society Working to preserve the industrial history of the north east and Yorkshire.
Early Engine Database Database of steam engines in the UK constructed before 1800, including many mills.
I A Recordings Video Archive I A Recordings is dedicated to recording past and present industry using high definition video and photography. They have a number of films and recordings about mills and industries that were powered by them.
National Trust The National Trust owns a number of windmills and watermills. The windmills include each of the three types of post, smock, and tower mill. The Trust also has examples of waterpowered factories, such as Quarry Bank.
Scottish Printing Archival Trust Includes a list of archives which have survived for a number of papermaking firms, and gives some idea of the geographical spread of the industry throughout Scotland:

Mill organisations (national)

Title Description
De Hollandsche Molen Dutch mills group.
La Fédération des Moulins de France Organisation which preserves French mills. Includes list of existing French mills, browsable by department.
Mills and Millers of Ireland The Society for the Preservation of Ancient and Traditional Irish Mills aims to encourage and assist in the preservation of Ireland's old and ancient industrial buildings.
Mills Research Group A voluntary society of enthusiasts who are each conducting research into some aspect of traditional milling, whether it be by wind, water or muscle power.
Schweizerischer Mühlenfreunde Organisation dedicated to the study and preservation of Swiss mills. Site includes a database of existing mills.
Society for the Preservation of Old Mills Society which preserves mills in the USA.
SPAB Mills Section The UK's oldest body fighting to save old mills from decay, demolition or unsympathetic repair.
The International Molinoligical Society (TIMS) The only organisation devoted to mills on a worldwide scale.
Traditional Cornmillers Guild The Guild promotes artisan flour milling by wind or water power, representing some of the UK's finest mills producing high quality flours the traditional way.

Mill organisations (regional)

Title Description
ARAM Nord-Pas-de-Calais Association for preserving mills in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. Includes pages for mills in the area.
Clydesdale Mills Information on the Clydesdale Mills Society.
Friends of Norfolk Mills A group of mixed ages who are dedicated to the wellbeing of all Norfolk mills.
Hampshire Mills Group Regional mills group based in Hampshire, England, interested in mills of all types; many members own mills and welcome the opportunity to share their enthusiasm.
Lincolnshire Mills Group Covering an area of the UK East Midlands including Nottinghamshire and East Yorkshire as well as Lincolnshire.
Midland Wind and Water Mills Group Sometimes known as the Midland Mills Group, or MMG, covering the UK Midlands area.
Mills Research Group A voluntary society of enthusiasts who are each conducting research into some aspect of traditional milling, whether it be by wind, water or muscle power.
Suffolk Mills Group A voluntary association founded in 1977 for those helping to care for Suffolk's Heritage of old windmills and watermills.
Sussex Mills Group Promotes the study and the restoration of mills and associated artefacts within the counties of East and West Sussex in the United Kingdom.
The East Anglian Mills Society TEAMS was formed during 2008 following a series of meetings between like-minded mill owners and enthusiasts in East Anglia in the UK.
The International Molinoligical Society (TIMS) The only organisation devoted to mills on a worldwide scale.
Welsh Mills Society The Society studies, records, interprets and publicises the wind and water mills of Wales, encouraging general interest and advising on their preservation and use.
Wessex Mills Group The Group was formed in 2003 as a centre for the milling heritage of Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Other mill archives

Title Description
Allemolens Detailed database of Dutch mills with links to archival items.
Historic England Archive The Historic England (formerly English Heritage) Archive holds large numbers of photographs of mills, many of which can be viewed on its website.
Museum of English Rural Life The museum includes many archival collections on all aspects of rural life, including milling.
Museum of the History of Science The Museum of the History of Science holds H M J Underhill's photograph album containing photos of windmills around 1907.
North West Mills Group Non-profit voluntary society established in 1981 promoting Watermills and Windmills in the North West of England.
SCAN Catalogue Online catalogue describing historical records in more than fifty Scottish archives. The word mill provides more than 600 entries for mills in Scotland
Science Museum archive The Science Museum holds mill-related material in its archives including material from Rex Wailes and H E S Simmons.
Sunny Bank Mills Archive The Archive represents a unique look at 180 years of cloth produced at the Sunny Bank Mills, founded in 1829.
The Alan Caston Collection Photographs of English windmills.
The National Archives The United Kingdom's principal national archive, formerly the Public Record Office. Material relating to mills in their archives can be found in their online catalogue: discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk
University of Kent Special Collections The University of Kent Special Collections at the Templeman Library hold wind and watermill material from William and Donald Muggeridge, John Holman, C P Davies and Don Filmer.
University of Manchester Special Collections The University of Manchester library holds a collection of 47 albums of wind and watermill photographs by E Mitford Abraham.

Other mill databases

Title Description
Allemolens Detailed database of Dutch mills with links to archival items.
ARAM Nord-Pas-de-Calais Association for preserving mills in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France. Includes pages for mills in the area.
Belgisch Molenbestand Database of Belgian mills.
Danske Møller Database of existing Danish wind and water mills.
De Nederlandse Molendatabase Database of Dutch mills, English version.
Early Engine Database Database of steam engines in the UK constructed before 1800, including many mills.
Essex mills A site about Essex watermills with gazetteers arranged by river system.
Jonathan Neville's Norfolk Mills One of the best UK sites containing a considerable amount of historical and genealogical data along with over 1,400 photographs. There are individual pages for over 600 water, wind and steam mills.
La Fédération des Moulins de France Organisation which preserves French mills. Includes list of existing French mills, browsable by department.
Les moulins à vent en France Website with basic information and pictures of French windmills, browsable by region and department.
Lietuvos malūnai Detailed database of Lithuanian mills.
Mark Berry's Windmill World A UK site dealing with windmills around the world, together with some information about watermills.
Milldrawings John Brandrick's detailed technical drawings of the structure and internal workings of mills in the UK and elsewhere.
Mills in Alto Aragón Site about old mills in Alto Aragón (prov. Huesca) in Spain.
Mills of Northern Ireland Database of Northern Irish mills with data from Valuation Records and Ordinance Survey Map Records, and photos of remains.
Molendatabase Portal linking to several databases of Dutch mills including working mills, disappeared mills, wind engines and meadow mills.
Molenecho's Detailed databases on existing and disappeared Belgian mills.
Moulins de France Website with pages for existing French mills, browsable by region.
Mühlen in Deutschland Website with pages for existing German mills, browsable by region.
National Inventory of Architectural Heritage Building Survey Database of Irish architectural heritage including entries for mills.
Schweizerischer Mühlenfreunde Organisation dedicated to the study and preservation of Swiss mills. Site includes a database of existing mills.
South Lanarkshire Mills Web Map Map produced by Jim Ness of the Clydesdale Mills Society showing mills in south Lanarkshire.
TIMS Mill GPS Database International database aiming to record all mills worldwide in the form of Google Earth files.
UK Mills A site devoted to all forms of wind and water powered machinery in the UK run by Nick Ashton.
Underground histories Website of Huddersfield historian with lists of textile mills in the area.
Visit a Mill Database of existing UK mills which are open to visitors, maintained by the SPAB Mills Section.
Vodnimlyny Database aiming to map all water-powered flour mills in Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia (Czech Republic).
Watermolens in Nederland Website devoted to watermills in the Netherlands.

Other mill resources

Title Description
British Association of Paper Historians A national association which aims to bring together individuals, companies and institutions with an interest in the history of paper making.
Engineering timelines A site covering engineering in the UK, including mills.
Morawa District Historical Society Website with information on Australian mills, including The Windmill Journal of Australia and New Zealand.
Panel for historical engineering works PHEW was established to promote an understanding amongst civil engineers, and the broader public, of our rich engineering heritage. Includes a database of reports, some of which relate to mills.
Richardson paintings Windmill paintings by Caroline Beatrice Richardson (1873-1959).
Wikipedia: quern stone Main entry on quern stones, or manually-operated mills, from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia.
Wikipedia: watermill Main entry on watermills from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia.
Wikipedia: windmill Main entry on windmills from Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia.
Windmills around Tring An online book about the mills around Tring, Hertfordshire.