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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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Holman Bros., Millwrights of Canterbury: A History
Categorised under: Themes on Mills and Milling

A history of the Canterbury millwrighting firm, Holman Brothers Ltd., detailing the family and business history over 150 years. Initially started by the late Geoff Holman, completion passed to The Mills Archive staff and volunteers. This is a more detailed online version of a bound book presented to Geoff's family in September 2014; a copy of which can be found in our library.

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Mills of Finland
Categorised under: Themes on Mills and Milling, Technological innovations

Rex Wailes’ Finnish Mills collection has been catalogued and digitised as part of the Reading Internship Scheme run by The Mills Archive in collaboration with the University of Reading. It has been completed to expand the Archive’s international collection online, and illustrate how far the collections cover worldwide, following the extensive travels of Rex and others around the provinces of Finland. Rex Wailes (1901-1986) was a pioneering British engineer who first took an interest in mills while working with…

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The Decline of Wind and Water Mills
Categorised under: Themes on Mills and Milling

There was a time when every village had its wind or watermill; when mills were everywhere - an essential part of the economy. But over the past few centuries they have all but vanished. The collections of the Mills Archive allow us to tell the story of how this change came about. They also tell another story - of the people who sought to save the disappearing mills for posterity.

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The Great Fire of Embrook
Categorised under: Themes on Mills and Milling

In 1884 a thriving paper mill near Wokingham, in Berkshire, was burnt to the ground. Newspaper reports revealed inconsistencies in the circumstances surrounding the fire, and despite generous insurance indemnity, within 6 years the firm was bankrupt. How did it happen?

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