Courses and events

Courses and Events 

Our programme for 2018 is currently being finalised, please check again later for updates or contact us by phone or email for further information.


 Saturday 10 March 2018

Member event: 
Mills Section Spring Event and AGM: Celebrating our European Milling Heritage
The Gallery, 77 Cowcross Street, London EC1

 Friday (date to be confirmed)

One-day course: 
Maintenance Matters
Venue TBC
£120 per person, or £90 per person early-bird discount
For course details see below this table

 Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May

Open event:
National Mills Weekend
Nationwide celebration of the country's milling heritage, with many mills open and holding special events.

 Friday (date to be confirmed)

One-day course:
Practical Flour Milling 
Venue TBC
£120 per person, or £90 per person early-bird discount
For course details see below this table

 Saturday 13th October

Member event: 
Mills Section Autumn Event
Further details to follow

Courses held during 2017 are outlined below


Maintenance Matters
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.


Practical Flour Milling

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 windmill or 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
Our popular Practical Flour Milling course is held in small groups. You will spend a day gaining hands-on experience running the mill 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 and bagging up, and gain insight into selling flour. The day will also include discussion on the needs of artisan bakers.


Mill Volunteering: Making it Work!
Michelham Priory House and Watermill, East Sussex
£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

This course has been postponed. For further details please contact us. 


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

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


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


- 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.


14 October

Mills Section Autumn Event: From Quern to Computer 

Time: Registration and refreshments from 9.30am
Meeting starts at 10am (finishes at 4.30pm)

Venue: The Mills Archive, Watlington House, 44 Watlington Street, Reading, RG1 4RJ

Price: £35 

Who for: Mill Section members, Friends of the Mills Archive and anyone interested in learning more about the history and development of flour milling

The event will be held in the Garden Hall at Watlington House, within its beautiful walled garden. Talks will cover aspects of the 8,000-year history of milling from hand-held querns, via medieval milling, to modern roller flour mills. Based on Bennett and Elton's four-volume work, The History of Corn Milling, the story is brought up-to-date by a panel of distinguished speakers, experts at communicating their chosen topics. The event will be accompanied by an exhibition of documents, artefacts and much more to complement the talks. 

Presentations include

Background to the ‘Quern to Computer’ project - Ron Cookson
Pages from ‘The History of Corn Milling’ - Sue Watts   
From Querns to Millstones - Dr Ruth Shaffrey 
Sifting the Evidence: some aspects of corn milling development - Martin Watts 
Breaking with tradition: the history and future of wheat milling - Grant Campbell
Food for the World - Roger Gilbert

Plus: Members’ contributions, Mills Archive Bookshop and 
Quern to Computer exhibition.