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Newsletter 103, Winter 2013 © Hampshire Mills Group

News from the Mills Archive   

Mills Archive Research Award Competition:

As part of its brief ďto promote, encourage or undertake research and disseminate the useful results of such researchĒ the Mills Archive is once again running two research competitions with cash prizes and guarantees of publication. The research must be on a topic connected with a traditional use of wind, water or muscle power.  Subjects such as steam power or roller mills are admissible if their close association with these uses is demonstrated by the submitted text.  The work must be original, previously unpublished and written in English.  There is no entry fee.  The competition is open to anyone over the age of 18 on the date of submission. Researchers must choose which of the two competitions they wish to enter and inform the judges of the intended title by 31st December 2013

Two prizes are on offer:  The Mills Archive Research Prize of £500 is for a major piece of research of about 25,000 words.  The winning entry will be presented as a stand-alone individual edition, published by the Mills Archive Trust;  The Mills Archive Research Award of £50 is for shorter research communications of about 5,000 words. The winning entry will be published in a special edition of Mill Memories.  The deadline for submission for the competition is 31st May 2014.   So donít delay,  get your skates on now to register your chosen entry Ė and Good Luck!   The full rules of the competition are available www.millsarchive.org and also by request to: The Research Management Board, The Mills Archive Trust, Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, RG1 4RJ.

Have you heard of ĎThe Gainsborough Artistí? Karl Wood (1888-1958) was attributed this title for his many paintings and sketches of the windmills of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.  Born in King's Newton, Melbourne, Derbyshire, he became Art Master at Gainsborough Grammar School, Lincolnshire.  Painting tuition resulted in sketching bicycle tours with his pupils.  His first windmill painting was in 1926 and by 1956 he had completed 1394 windmill paintings!  In a few months you will be able to see his collection of windmill paintings as they will digitised for the Archives in Reading. The route of their arrival is circuitous and veiled in secrecy but I am told that all will be revealed in the next issue of Mill Memories, the newsletter of the Friends of the Mills Archives, which is due out at the end of November.

Guy Blythman is making good progress with research for his next proposed book: The Windmills of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.  Ken Kirsopp, a Hampshire resident and mills enthusiast well known to most HMG members, has compiled a gazetteer of all types of mills in Hampshire and is working with Guy on his massive task. 

Meanwhile, I am putting together a presentation on the Watermills of the Lambourn Valley and Newbury at the request of the Renewal Project in Newbury.  Tom Hine, who specialises in milling family history, is working with me on this and will co-host the evening with me.  Our research will  find a place in MATís digital system as part of my collection on Berkshire mills.  Berkshire has been a very neglected county as far as molinology is concerned and I am striving to redress the balance.  Ken Major was very supportive of my efforts and was pleased that I am following up on his 1967 Berkshire Watermills Gazetteer.  Kenís drawings and photographs of Berkshire mills (dated 1950s-1960s) form a valuable part of the S.P.A.B. collection.


N.B. Make a note of the new website address above: itís changed from .com to .org.                        Sheila.


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