Our professional staff and our experienced researchers provide specific help and general advice to the mill research community; we now wish to extend our services by creating a Research Information Gateway free for all to use
Help with Research Publications
We promote effective and useful mills research by helping authors to publish good quality work (see below).
We aim to ensure that useful research is shared and easy to find, helping to avoid research duplication and we assist in the development of ideas for new research on any aspect of mills and milling.
Relevant topics include
- Traditional power sources and the development of modern milling
- Food production and early industrial processes
- Social and economic history
- Landscape, architecture and engineering
Guy Boocock helping Michael Harverson with one of his two books on the researches of Stephen Buckland
Helping new researchers
There are certain predictable stages that all historical research questions go through and we are designing courses and training material to help newcomers and to refresh the knowledge of the more experienced.
This initiative is one of the many components of our planned research information gateway; others include useful resources and links to other research organisations
One of the graphics from our training material to be accessible through the Research Information Gateway
Phil, one of our volunteer is listing all the research papers we can find that have been published so far - more than 3000 in our lists to date.
Once we have the funding in place the Research Information Gateway will include this as a searchable online database. It will be vital to academics and novices alike as a tool to understand what we already know. The database will help to avoid duplication of effort and assist those writing a paper, book or thesis to check they have all the references!
£3000 would fully fund our Research Information Gateway and make it available to all
Our Research Publications
Funded by our Research and Education Fund, we support new and high quality research with our rapidly expanding series of Mills Archive Research Publications.
These provide researchers with a free vehicle for their original peer-reviewed work on mills, and we offer them to the mills community at a subsidised price.