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We’re looking forward to tomorrow’s workshop!

We’re putting together the final preparations for tomorrow’s training workshop. “Caring for your Collection” is a regular workshop we run for people who have their own mill collections and are looking for advice on how to look after it. These workshops are popular with people working and volunteering at mills and provide those of us…

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What is a beehive quern?

On Monday we paid a visit to Reading Museum, so Hannah and I could see some more of the Archive’s collection that was on display, and see if there was anything we could use for our projects. We weren’t disappointed! The exhibition case is jam-packed with information and artefacts detailing the history of milling, and…

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Roller flour mills at the Mills Archive

We’re adding to our extensive collections about traditional wind and water mills to tell the story of the most recent phase of flour milling, roller flour mills. Changes in technology in the 19th century including steam power and the development of the roller mill led to a revolution in flour milling in which rural wind…

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Join the Great British Mill Race this National Mills Weekend

Celebrate National Mills Weekend this Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 May by taking part in the Great British Mill Race. This weekend marks National Mills Weekend 2017, organised by the SPAB Mills Section. National Mills Weekend is the annual festival of our milling heritage and provides you with a fantastic opportunity to visit mills, many of which…

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From Quern to Computer: a printed history of flour milling

Prefer something printed? Then our From Quern to Computer booklet is your ticket to discovering our flour milling history. The best bits of our timelines and extended From Quern to Computer articles have been drawn together in a printed booklet, featuring illustrations by graphic designer Ioulia Zoukova. From Quern to Computer: A History of Flour Milling is an accessible and interesting beginners guide to…

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Explore the story of flour milling: From Quern to Computer

Explore changes to corn milling technology, from animal, wind and water power to the modern day roller flour milling industry in these extended articles written and illustrated by Martin and Sue Watts. If the images and snippets of description on our From Quern to Computer timelines have caught your interest, you can find out more via these extended articles.…

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