Discover the history of flour milling: from quern to computer

Do you want to explore the story of our flour milling history?  Click on the links below to access our new interactive resources.







  • Looking for more information?  Click here to explore changes to corn milling technology, from animal, wind and water power to the modern day roller flour milling industry in these extended articles.


Our flour milling timeline and extended articles have been illustrated by graphic designer Ioulia Zoukova.  




The Great British Mill Race 


You can still take part in the Great British Mill Race by sending us your information and pictures of mills across the UK.  


We host a huge database of 10,722 mills from all over the UK. Updating this information + adding new images = an enormous challenge!


Help us as we race against time to save a record of our milling heritage. Join the Great British Mill Race.  


Bookmark and share our handy URL to take part! 


Share your progress on social media using #gbmillrace


For further guidance on taking part, click here


You can see all entries to the Great British Mill Race here and our prize winning entries here.  


We are very grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting the From Quern to Computer project.