Courses and events

Courses 2017

(for member events see bottom of page)

Friday 24 March 

Maintenance Matters
House Mill, Bromley-by-Bow, London E3 3DU
£120 per person, or £90 per person early-bird discount if booked before 31 January 2017

This one-day course is aimed at watermill owners and those responsible for maintaining a watermill.

5 Reasons to attend: Learn about the following:
- Maintenance of your watermill in line with the Section's philosophy
- Recording of any work before and after 
- Introduction to micro hydro power: what is allowed and what needs permission; environmental issues; water rights; 
   leats and weirs
- Grants and where they can be obtained
- Problems and solutions from a watermill owner's perspective

You will spend a valuable day in the company of some of the UK’s leading mill experts gaining their insight on how to maintain your mill. All the speakers have many years’ experience in their own particular fields of repair, recording and milling.
Through presentations, the speakers will give you their insights and advice on how to maintain your mill using the correct materials. Their hints and tips will help ensure you can keep your mill in good order and, in the long run, save you money on repairs.
The day will offer you plenty of opportunities to explore your own issues. At the end of the day there will be an open forum session with all speakers taking part to answer your questions and give you advice. 
The course price includes a pack full of information and illustrations, course notes, biographies of the speakers, lunch and refreshments during the day.

This course has now taken place. A similar course will run in 2018, details will become available at the end of 2017.


Friday 2 June

Practical Flour Milling
Charlecote Mill, Warwick, Warwickshire
9.30am to 4.30pm
£120 per person, or £90 per person early-bird discount if booked before 31 March

This one-day course is aimed at mill volunteers, trainee millers, and more experienced millers who wish to develop their skills

5 Reasons to attend: 
- To gain experience milling in a watermill
- To learn how to dress flour
- To learn how to mill different grades / types of flour
- To understand the food hygiene & trading standards regulations that relate to milling and selling flour
- To learn how to operate a mill safely
Back by popular demand, we run our Practical Flour Milling course, this time at Charlecote Mill. You will spend a day gaining hands-on experience running the watermill under the careful supervision of experienced traditional millers. You will gain practical experience of starting and stopping the mill, milling different types of flour, dressing flour, moving grain around the mill, bagging up and gain insight into selling flour. The day will also include discussion on the needs of artisan bakers.

This course is fully booked. If you wish to go on a waiting list, please contact the Administrator via email (


Friday 15 September Mill Volunteering: Making it Work!
Michelham Priory House and Watermill, East Sussex
9.30am to 4.30pm
£120 per person, or £90 per person early-bird discount if booked by 11 August

This one-day course is aimed at mill owners and managers who work with or seek to attract volunteers

5 Reasons to attend: 
- To learn about attracting volunteers
- For advice on how to expand the diversity of your volunteer workforce
- To learn how to structure ongoing support for volunteers
- How to provide development opportunities for volunteers
- How to share pride and expertise in a heritage site 
Every mill needs volunteers The one thing in common with all volunteers is that they get a great deal of enjoyment from what they do. It is their enthusiasm and commitment that keeps mills flourishing and makes them captivating places to visit. How do we get people involved in mill volunteering? How do we tap the experience and enthusiasm of people to secure their commitment? The course will provide a volunteering toolkit for those facing these challenges.

The day will be spent understanding how to support best practice in the recruitment, management and engagement of volunteers. Speakers will offer insights and key advice on aspects of recruitment and safeguarding; selection and induction; supervision, training, development and exit. 

Guidance will be offered on how to create a welcoming and open environment for mill volunteers and how to inspire more young people to volunteer, and consideration will be given to the different motivations for volunteering. Questions such as “What do you want a mill volunteer to do?” and “What training and development will you offer volunteers?” will be discussed during the day

Online booking


Member Events 2017

18 March


Mills Section Spring Event & AGM
Wheels of Change: Natural Power in the Industrial Revolution

Time:     Registration and refreshments from 9.30am
              Meeting starts at 10.30am

Venue:  The Gallery, 75 Cowcross Street, London EC1

Price:   - £42.50 per person with lunch (book before 25 Feb)
           - £35 per person without lunch

Presentations include:
- Traditionally Powered Milling in the early Cement Industry by Edwin Trout
- Hounslow Powder Mills and the Windmill at Crane Park by Chris Hern
- Churchill Forge, Worcestershire by Dave Galley and Dave Bache
- The Restoration of Haigh Brewery Windmill, Wigan by Paul Kemp and Tim Whiting

- Q&A session with the Mills Committee
- Mills Archive Bookshop
- Regional presentations
- Member updates

Full details and booking form

Online booking 


24 June

Tour of Suffolk Mills 

Time: Meet from 10.15 for 10.30am start (return to Ipswich by 6pm) 
Venue: meet at Ipswich railway station


We will meet at the front entrance of Ipswich railway station and the coach will depart from there at 10.30am. The tour will visit:

- Kersey Watermill
- Buttrums Tower Mill
- Thorpeness Post Mill
- Friston Mill (exterior only) 
- Woodbridge Tide Mill

Lunch will be taken in Thorpeness, and tea in Woodbridge prior to returning to Ipswich station before 6pm.

* The Section’s Personal Accident Insurance will not cover any tour participants aged 80 or above at the time of the trip. In the event of an accident, such participants will have to bear any losses or costs themselves. The Section’s third-party policy covers all participants.

Download booking form

Online booking


14 October

Mills Section Autumn Event: From Quern to Computer 

: 10am to 5pm
Venue: Mills Archive, Watlington House, Reading 

Further details to follow.