Newsletter 120, Spring 2018 © Hampshire Mills
Tony Yoward Presentation at the Mills Archive
Photos by the
We had a very happy occasion on 15 December 2017
when members of the Hampshire Mills Group joined the
staff at the Mills Archive in Reading to acknowledge
and celebrate the handing over to the safekeeping of
the Archive the great set of records, notes, and
images collected by Tony and Mary Yoward over many
Tony was the guest of honour, accompanied by Jane
Yoward, with Andy Fish, David Plunkett, and myself
representing Hampshire Mills Group.
We were welcomed by Ron and Mildred Cookson, Liz
Bartram, Nathanael Hodge, and Elizabeth Trout from
There was a lot to talk about as Tony had been a
founder and trustee at the Mills Archive in its
Left : Ron Cookson welcoming Tony
As Tony has been winding down his researches on
mills over the last year or so, car boot-loads of
files, documents and books have been moved from his
home to the Archive.
The Hampshire Mills Group has made a generous
donation to the Archive to fund the specialist
materials and boxes that are required for long term
Just some of the binders of the Tony Yoward
In addition David Plunkett, Eleanor Yates, and I
have been working at the Archive on the “Tony Yoward
Collection” as it is termed, identifying, sorting,
and cataloguing the materials. Life was made easier
by the excellent and rigorous filing that Tony used,
and the databases and electronic copies that he had
One distinct part of the materials is a collection
of over 1500 photos of internal and external views
of wind and water mills taken by Arthur Lowe from
the 1930s onwards, which were given to the Hampshire
Mills Group for safekeeping, and which have now in
turn been passed to the Archive. On the way each
image has been scanned and catalogued and eventually
will be available on line.
Tony’s computer records, and especially those
relating to Hampshire, have been retained by the
Hampshire Mills Group for easy reference. The hard
copies that were already made, and the other printed
materials are now at the Archive.
Tony must have asked a tricky question!
Ashok, Mildred, and Nathanael with Tony
We finished off the morning by clearing the decks
and having a delicious light lunch, joined by the
rest of the Archive staff.
So this is a very good outcome to a lifetime of
dedication to the recording and saving of historical
information, with a transfer to another organisation
that relies on volunteers and donations and grants
to provide a safe and appropriate home which future
generations will be able to call upon.
Three pictures from the Arthur Lowe Collection:
Above right: Greywell Mill
Left: Sopley Mill