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Volunteer Spotlight: Albury Park Paper Mill and its Forged Assignats

When I’m looking through articles in the Archive, I’m always fascinated in discovering how mills played a part in a wider, often unrelated area of history and their potential political impacts worldwide. One example can be seen in the records of Albury Park Paper Mill, in Surrey. In 1790, Charles Ball, a papermaker from Guildford…

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The Mills Archive receives the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

We are thrilled to announce that the Mills Archive has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. To receive this award, equivalent to an MBE for organisations, is a great honour. This accolade represents the valuable contributions and commitment of all our volunteers that make the Mills Archive a success. The Queen’s Award for…

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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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Volunteer Spotlight: Milling and Social Change from a Volunteer’s Perspective

Author: Nigel Birch I have been volunteering at The Mills Archive for 18 months or so, having previously known little about the milling industry, its historical and social influences, and variety of methods employed. I now know a little more than I did – but am far from being an expert! Volunteering at the Archive…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Menier and the Chocolate Factory

February hosts a very popular and tasty-sounding celebration: National Chocolate Lover’s Month! In honour of this, our volunteer Susan has written a blog to get your taste buds tingling… A recent interesting read from my research at the Archive led me to the discovery of the Menier Chocolate Factory, the largest chocolate factory in France,…

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Volunteer Spotlight: Surprising connections between mills, art and politics

Our volunteer Susan writes about the work she’s doing at the Archive, and some of the interesting things she’s found along the way. One of the many fascinating things about the collections library here at the Mills Archive is the amazing range of information from around the world. These records, items and accounts show how…

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