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The Mills Archive awarded a grant from the Mercers’ Company to develop the Library and Reading Room

Posted 5 days ago by Elizabeth Trout

To mark National Libraries Day last weekend, it's time to share to some exciting grant news from our library. Here at the Mills Archive we have our own Library which is an outstanding and important collection; the largest single Library on mills and milling in the UK and probably worldwide. Visitors to the Archive have the benefit of using the Library as a Reading Room for their research.

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10.00 until 15.00 - weekdays
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We welcome visitors, but we are dependent on volunteers so please make an appointment first.


Our aim is to both conserve our unique collections and make them available for consultation. We offer many free services to genuine researchers.

Library and Research Centre

All of our books and records may be consulted free of charge at our Library and Research Centre in Watlington House in Reading.

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Our online Archive catalogue provides free access to images of our catalogued material either at home, at school or in public libraries.