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.

Online booking


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.

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: from approx 10am
Venue: meet at Ipswich railway station

Mills to be visited to include: 

- Kersey Watermill
- Buttrums Tower Mill
- Thorpeness Post Mill
- Woodbridge Tide Mill

Further details to follow.


14 October

Mills Section Autumn Event: From Quern to Computer 

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

Further details to follow.