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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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Rare glimpse of Upminster Windmill suspended in the air

Upminster Windmill’s restoration project is certainly well under way, as these latest photos show! Millwright Willem Dijkstra has started to repair the tower, this includes the brick base forming the ground floor and the wooden smock tower with 4 floors of machinery. Amazingly, Willem, with just one assistant, jacked up the whole smock tower –…

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Unusual Upminster Shots: Repairing and Landscaping

We’ve just received these intriguing snapshots of Upminster Windmill as it undergoes repair and restoration ahead of its reopening. Willem Dijkstra, the Dutch millwright has started work on the mill body at Upminster. The first job is to repair the rotten sheer beams that support the first floor (Meal Floor). These beams are massive 12”…

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Oldland Mill archive online

The archives of Oldland Windmill, Keymer, have now been made available online. Oldland’s archive collection has been sorted, listed and digitised by mill archivist Peter Sheppard and is now housed at the Mills Archive. Minutes of the mill committee from the 1920s-30s and 1980s-90s and correspondence and documents from the 1970s-1990s are available to view on…

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Union Mill, Cranbrook archive online

The archives of Union Mill in Cranbrook, Kent, collected by the late Wynn Tremenheere, are now available online. The smock mill in Cranbrook was built in 1814 and was owned and worked by the Russell family from 1832 to 1958. It is now a grade I listed visitor attraction maintained by the Cranbrook Windmill Association.…

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Sacrewell Mill wins Project of the Year at regional awards

A £1.8m restoration of an 18th century grade II* listed watermill near Peterborough won Project of the Year at the East of England Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) awards last week. The photo shows Mill Project Officer Jane Harrison and Learning & Interpretation Officer Nikki Cherry with their awards outside Sacrewell Mill. Sacrewell Mill…

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