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Armistice 100: Armistice Day 11 November 1918 – a soldier’s view

“Dear Auntie, I escaped from Germany a few days ago and on crossing the frontier was told the very welcome news that an armistice was in force”. So begins the message on the back of this postcard of the smock windmill at Groenlo, in the province of Gelderland, eastern Netherlands on the German border.  The…

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Be a Mills Detective: May edition

Can you help us identify these archive photos of watermill sites? Unfortunately, many of these are left unidentified or misidentified for various reasons. We need some keen eyes to help us put names and locations to these mill sites. Last month we published a selection of unidentified Welsh mill photos for you to help us identify. Several…

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Happy St Patrick’s Day: can you help us find out more about mills in Ireland?

As St Patrick’s Day gets underway, I thought I should share with you this article written by a recent Mills Archive volunteer. It shows some interesting glimpses – and beautiful images – of early medieval Irish watermills We do have some books on mills in Ireland and a few images on our online catalogue, but we…

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Sifting through flour milling history

What do you know about the history of flour milling? From Quern to Computer, our Heritage Lottery Fund supported project, focuses on how the stories of technological changes to flour milling and the development of our society are closely intertwined. We want to know what you think are the key developments of the flour milling.  We are…

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