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Advertising and Symbolism
Categorised under: Gems from our archive

Mills have been critical to the development of civilisation and play a central role in our culture. Not surprisingly, artists, poets and advertisers have featured them as icons to represent food, comfort, home and so much more.

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Bodley Foundry Collection
Categorised under: Collections

The iron foundry of Bodley & Co was located on Commercial Road in Exeter, Devon. Much archival material, relating to mills for which parts were made by Bodley & Co, was rescued by Reading industrial archaeologist Cyril McCombe from the ruins of the demolished Bodley Foundry.

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Derek Ogden Collection
Categorised under: Collections

A millwright for many years, Derek Ogden repaired mills throughout the UK until he moved to the USA in 1974, continuing his mill work across the pond. His life’s work is documented in detail in the notes, photographs and drawings in his collection.

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Detective work at the archive
Categorised under: Themes on Mills and Milling

To work in an archive you sometimes need to be a detective. This is especially true for the tangled web of the mill world, where everybody knew everybody and things was constantly passing from one person to another. A little digging can reveal unexpected connections between material that came to the archive by completely different routes.

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Donald Muggeridge Collection
Categorised under: Collections

Donald W Muggeridge donated his collection of mill photographs and transparencies to the Templeman Library at the University of Kent at Canterbury. In a collaborative project we catalogued and uploaded scans of more than 400 selected photographs.

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E M Gardner Collection
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Emilie Montgomery Gardner, known to the milling world as E. M. Gardner, remains an elusive and enigmatic character shrouded in mystery. Miss Gardner worked as a Civil Servant and was awarded the OBE on the completion of her years of service. However, it was Miss Gardner’s profound contribution that she made to our understanding of the history of watermills that came to define her. Through her relentless determination, Miss Gardner succeeded in the face of much resistance in persuading…

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Early Photography
Categorised under: Gems from our archive

Fundamental changes in the ways mills worked and the effects they had on people's lives were mirrored by the rapid development in photography from the middle of the 19th century. Several of our gems illustrate how photographs changed while capturing sometimes fleeting moments.

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