An outstanding collection of books, pamphlets and journals on milling

All of the books in our collection may be consulted free of charge at our Library and Research Centre at Watlington House in Reading. It provides a peaceful and bright, airy space where you can enjoy continuing your research.


Our reference library holds thousands of printed books and pamphlets, including most of the standard works on traditional mills and milling as well as a large number of specialist publications dealing with various topics and specific sites around the world. First, search our catalogue. Then, if you would like to visit us, please make an appointment


We are working to add them, but at the moment, this catalogue does not include most of our extensive collection of journals.


It may be quicker and cheaper for you to ask us to do the research for you. Friends of the Mills Archive qualify for preferential rates.

Our bookshop

If you cannot find what you want in our Library, or you want your own copy of a book, check our continually updated list of books for sale. We stock many important mill books, both new and those second-hand titles which are surplus to requirements and have been donated to raise funds.

Looking for definitions?

At the Mills Archive we maintain a glossary of terms too. You can browse the glossary by letter.