The Mills Research Group was founded in 1979 and is a voluntary society of enthusiasts who are each conducting research into some aspect of traditional milling, whether it be by wind, water or muscle power. Most of the members also belong to the Mill Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, and so the Mills Research Group has a presence at the SPAB mill meetings. These have been held in London for many years but recently have been held further afield. As a result, the Mills Research Group is now holding its own meetings at the Mills Archive in Reading, rather than in London after the SPAB meetings as formerly.
Each year since 1983 a conference has been held at which members present papers on research in progress. These conferences last one day and are located in various places around England, usually in or near a mill. On the following day some of the members will visit other mill sites near the location of the conference. The 2009 Conference was held at Crabble Mill, Dover, in Kent, the 2010 Conference at the Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket in Suffolk, and the 2011 Conference at Great Cornard, also in Suffolk. The 2012 Conference was held at Great Glen, near Leicester, in 2013 we met at Totton, near Southampton and for 2014 at Caersws in Powys. The 2015 conference was at in Wymondham, Norfolk, and the 2016 gathering at the Avoncroft Museum in Bromsgrove on 24 September.
The proceedings of each conference are printed and available for purchase to both members and non members. In addition, the Group has published a Gazetteer of windmills in England. Members receive a Newsletter, usually twice a year. Please have a look at our list of publications, which may be ordered on line from the Mills Archive Trust or by cheque and post using our order form.
The officers of the Mills Research Group are:
Chairman: Guy Blythman
Secretary: Katherine Graves
Treasurer: Duncan Breckels
Editor: Duncan Breckels
For information about membership of the Mills Research Group, please write to the Secretary, Katherine Graves, Flat 1, The Lawns, 16 Lake Road, LONDON SW19 7QZ
Maintainer - Duncan Breckels