Why I’m a volunteer

From time to time our volunteers contribute articles to Mill Memories or write on our blog, describing their experiences at the Mills Archive.

These examples provide a flavour of the interest and rewards you will gain by joining our volunteer pool. To find out more, why not come in and see us? Use the contact form to make an appointment. You will be very welcome and we even provide free tea, coffee and biscuits!


“I developed an interest in family history when I reached my mid 50s …”. Read more. (PDF)


“History is something that I’ve always been interested in; more specifically I’ve always had a fascination for old buildings …”. Read more. (PDF)


“I have worked as an intern with The Mills Archive Trust. I came here through the University of Reading Graduate Internship Scheme, as part of their efforts to provide more career and work experience to their graduates …”. Read about Sarra’s first week with us and her last.


“I spend a lot of my daily life in an active and physical job working behind a real ale bar but after finishing my PhD in Classics I spent some time looking for something a bit extra and different to occupy my mind …”. Read more. (PDF)


“This is my first day working as a volunteer at the Mills Archive. I have been given the opportunity to write on the blog about my experience here …”. Read more.