A word devised in recent years to encompass all things mill related.
A good word for doing just that, and the need to spread the word
about molinological matters is never more important than right now.
Two Molinological Masters have been lost to us in these last few
months in Ken Major and Paul de Groote.
Characters certainly, but how very different in their
characteristics they were and how each individual coloured and shaped
our knowledge and appreciation of mills and industrial archaeology
generally. The HMG Committee, along with other mills groups, is right to
be concerned with attracting more members, whatever their ages, so that
the knowledge, interest and expertise can continue and all the mills
which are used to demonstrate this working heritage, whether working or
static, as a whole or in part, which people such as Ken Major, Rex
Wailes, Frank Gregory, Wilfred Foreman, and many others who took up the
challenge to repair, restore and educate us in the importance of these
items of everyday life, remain as such and are not allowed to fall into
disuse and decay, simply because many of the public don‘t know that they
can help to keep them going.
So, please, tell everyone you meet about the mills groups and the
opportunities existing. Why
take the opportunity to learn to operate a mill when you come to the
Winchester City Mill on September 18th?
And why not bring someone with you who may appreciate the chance to find
out about how grindstones, sluices, and all the knobs and levers work.
Remember all the milling staff are volunteers and they wouldn’t
be there if they didn’t enjoy it!
For the more desk-oriented, Tony Yoward our Archivist is always
busy with research and scanning - I’ll bet he would welcome some
way I help to keep the knowledge going is in my work as a volunteer at
the Mills Archive Trust.
Luckily, I live “just down the road” from Watlington House in Reading
but there are others who work from home and HMG member, Ken Kirsopp who
lives in Basingstoke, is one.
My job is to sort into different categories for archiving, the
collected material handed over to us; this can take the form of
newspaper articles, pictures, postcards, books, magazine articles,
photographs and sketches.
Most recently I’ve been dealing with the collections of Christopher
Wallis, a millwright, and Mr. Johnstone of Lymington, a keen mills
observer. Ken Kirsopp does
an ace job at scanning the newspaper articles onto disks, at a pace
which suits him. Those of
us who give our support as Friends of the Mills Archive Trust are being
treated to the first of two Frank Gregory On-Line days at the Weald and
Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton on 17th
September. Sussex Mills
Group members will also be sharing the day’s events to remember this
saviour of so many mills in that county, and to see the work on his
collection achieved so far at the Mills Archive.
If you’d like to come too, just join the Friends of the Mills
Archive for the small cost of £5 per month; admission to the event is
free but by invitation to Friends only.
splendid building of Whitchurch Silk Mill plays host to some inspiring
handycraft events for adults during October 27th,
and 29th with Half Term fun for children ranging from 8 to 16 years on
An exhibition which opens on 6th
October and continues until 3rd
January 2010 is by the Senior Curator for the Embroiderers’ Guild;
displays of unusual jewellery and sculptures.
For full details go to