New Collections 2018

January 18th 2019 by Nathanael Hodge

Each year we submit a list of all our acquisitions to the National Archives. 2018 saw an interesting and varied array of collections and smaller donations arriving at the Archive.
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The total list of accessions for 2018 is available here. It includes:

  • 14 new collections (22 boxes and 33.6 GB of data)
  • 11 significant additions to collections we already hold (55 boxes and 0.4 GB of data)
  • 29 small donations (8 folders and 2.0 GB of data)
  • Total: 78 boxes, 36.0 GB

Here's some more details on some of the highlights:

Whitley Bridge Mill Collection

Whitley Bridge Mill was a roller flour mill originally opened in the 1870s by John and Thomas Croysdale. It was later owned by James Bowman & Sons Ltd, and ceased work in 2016. The Whitley Bridge Collection, saved by the kind help of a former employee, includes ledgers, plans and drawings, correspondence and photos, as well as a large number of digital images showing the mill in its final days.

Whitley Bridge Mill in the early days

The mill in 2012.

Unpacking the collection on arrival.

Michael Harverson Collection

The majority of Michael's collection arrived at the Archive in 2018. Michael Harverson (1937-2017) was a trustee of the Mills Archive, as well as a researcher with a particular interest in the mills of the Middle East. You can read more about the man here, and find out about Guy Boocock's discoveries working on the collection here.

Small donations

These are a few of the smaller donations which people have given us:

An 1865 millwright's apprenticeship indenture.

Photo of Aldbourne Mill, Wiltshire, c 1900.

Aerial photographs of Heygate's Mill, Tring, 1968.

Photographs of millwrights working on the sails of Rayleigh windmill.

Let's hope 2019 will be as varied and interesting. Let us know if you have something you'd like to donate! Follow this link to our contact page: