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The Mills Archive attends the QAVS Presentation Ceremony

After a very exciting summer of being named as a recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service and enjoying all the ensuing celebrations, this week the day finally arrived for us to officially receive the much-coveted award! On Tuesday, nine smartly-dressed representatives from the Archive, including staff, volunteers, and one of our nominators, Dennis…

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The Friends’ Garden Party was a Great Success!

Last Saturday, the Mills Archive opened its doors to welcome our Friends of the Archive, volunteers and alumni to our annual Friends’ Garden Party at Watlington House in Reading. It was a glorious day: we were fortunate that the sun was shining and our beautiful herb and flower garden was in full bloom. Upon arrival,…

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National Mills Weekend 2019 – report and pictures!

The sun was shining and the weather was warm last weekend: the perfect weather to celebrate National Mills Weekend! A festival of open-house mills that takes place across the UK every May, National Mills Weekend is run by the SPAB Mills Section, the UK’s national organisation devoted to protecting and promoting traditional windmills and watermills.…

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Nomination of the Mills Archive for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

The Mills Archive are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. To be nominated for this award is a tremendous honour and testament to the essential and valuable contributions of all our volunteers that make the Mills Archive a success. The winning organisations will be announced in…

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Armistice 100: The Link Between the Archive and Great War Ambulance Trains

This week the Mills Archive has joined in with commemorating 100 years since the end of the First World War. Ahead of the upcoming launch of our new website feature, Gems of the Archive, we thought we’d share with you a couple of Gems that are particularly topical for this week’s remembrance events. In June…

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International Women’s Day: Women on War Work

Today is International Women’s Day. We thought it fitting to highlight one example of the contribution that women have made to milling. Inspiration for this blog comes from Lydia, our intern in 2017 who was exploring the Archive for items that are particularly special. The gem she found is a cigarette card dating back to…

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World Book Day: Read a mill story and dress up as a miller

I well remember World Book Day from when my children were at primary school. Choosing a book to read and the character to dress up, was serious business. Finding items to make the costume was my responsibility (and headache). If you are still seeking inspiration, here are a few children’s stories about mills and millers,…

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