The Mills Archive

The Mills Archive is a permanent repository for the documentary and photographic records of traditional and contemporary mills and milling, as well as similar structures dependent on traditional power sources. It makes that material freely available for public inspection and use in research and learning. The Mills Archive is one of the world’s great mill collections. It has rescued over 3 million documents and images that might otherwise have ended up in a landfill site. It is an Aladdin’s cave filled with memories and free to users. The collections show the rich and diverse crafts, buildings, machinery, equipment and people involved with mills in the UK and around the world.

Can You Help?

Sugar production is one of a number of industries that exploited slavery and we feel that the experiences and contribution of all people who have been involved in milling, need to be preserved and shared. The same is true of other marginalised groups in many industries. All voices from the past should be heard, if we are to ensure the historical record is complete and properly documented. This is a big issue for heritage generally and for the narratives that society decides to tell.

Here at the Mills Archive Trust, we have a responsibility to address any gaps in our coverage. To date, much of our material focuses on the technology rather than the story of the people involved and we are seeking to address that with your help.
We are looking at any gaps in our information and seeking any opportunities to attract, gather and share a wide range of accounts and perspectives on the history of milling. These narratives are brought to life through the stories of the people involved.
We therefore encourage you to get in touch.

Do you – or someone you know – have information, memories, research, or publications that would contribute to our efforts to document the multi-faceted history of milling?

Do you have suggestions of any organisations we could get in touch with? Areas include the roles and experiences of a range of people – locally and globally – such as slaves, women, children involved in child labour, and the working classes.

Thank you in advance for any assistance or insight you can provide. With your help, we will be able to ensure that the history of milling – with its many stories and lived experiences – will be preserved for current and future generations to learn from and understand. We appreciate your support and contributions.
Kind regards”.

Liz Bartram
The Mills Archive Trust

Nathanael Hodge
The Mills Archive Trust

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