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Running out of Steam: A Future for Industrial Archaeology in Bath and Bristol - 18th November 


   Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH
Saturday 18th November, 9.15am - 1.30pm
   £5 (includes light lunch and glass of wine)

In the 1960s an appreciation of this country's industrial heritage was encouraged by voluntary organisations dedicated to its preservation - industrial archaeologists. Since then much of the responsibility for this aspect of heritage has been adopted by local authorities, museums and professional organisations. What then is the role for voluntary organisations in this changed environment? Can industrial archaeology be left to professional bodies - can they be trusted?

A selection of speakers will give short presentations and you are invited to come along with your own views on the subject. For tickets and further details contact 01225 318348 or or see  

FUNDRAISER for The House Mill and UNICEF - 28th October

From The House Mill: We are very excited to tell you about our next Fundraiser which is a joint effort in support of Unicef and The House Mill

Please join us in support of these fantastic causes (and to celebrate Halloween!) on 28th October 6pm - 11pm. We have a jam-packed evening planned:

- guided tours of the Grade 1 listed 1776 House Mill - the atmospheric, timber beauty of a building - will the ghosts of millers past come out to say hello?
- in honour of the Mill's history we'll be providing a different gin to taste on each floor - can you pick out the subtle nuances of each?
- live music from two fabulous bands - Pippa and the Goodfellas from early evening and The Mill Island Band to see us through to the end of the night
- street food to warm you up on a chilling autumnal night.

All of the above is included in the bargain ticket price of £25 with all proceeds split equally between the two charities.

And if that wasn't enough we'll be serving cocktails in the Miller's House and with the chance to win prizes in the raffle to be drawn at the end of the night. Prizes include a bottle of Veuve Cliquot, tickets to a V&A exhibition, a meal for 2, and a beautiful handmade quilt, among others!

Tickets are £25 in advance (please email or £30 on the door (subject to availability).

Windmills and Watermills Calendar 2018

The Mills Section has produced its first calendar, highlighting some of the loveliest mills across the country. The Calendar is A4 in size and has 12 pages of stunning colour photographs of traditional windmills and watermills, each taken by a mill enthusiast or professional photographer. In addition the covers feature the winning entries from our earlier 'Mills in Art' competition. 

The calendar is priced at £7.50 including free postage within the UK and all profits will go to Mills Section funds. 

Calendars will be dispatched from the printer at the end of each month in which the orders are placed until November, after which they will be sent out weekly to ensure delivery before the end of the year. 

To order, click here.

HRH The Princess Royal to visit Heckington Windmill

HRH The Princess Royal will visit Heckington Windmill this October to formally mark the completion of the Regeneration Project there, which has been supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

mill's Project Board declares: "We are extremely pleased to announce that Princess Anne will be visiting the windmill as part of a visit to Lincolnshire to formally open the Heckington Windmill Regeneration Project on Friday 13th October. The Princess Royal will be invited to tour the buildings, climb the windmill and enjoy lunch made using our own stone-ground flour.  She will then unveil a plaque, formally opening the completed project works.

The site will be open for invited guests only on the day, but the mill will be open all weekend for everyone to enjoy from 12noon - 4pm. See for further details. 

Wath Mill, Yorkshire: Open Day - Saturday 9th September 

Make the most of a rare opportunity to visit one of the hidden gems of the Upper Nidderdale when Wath Mill opens its doors to the public this weekend for free as part of the Heritage Open Day festival. The existing mill is Victorian, though there has been a watermill on the site since the 16th century. The machinery that harnessed the energy of Dauber Gill Beck to grind countless tons of corn, and for a period was used to spin flax, has stood silent but more or less intact since the 1930s.

When:    Saturday 9th September 2017
Where:   Wath-in-Nidderdale near Pateley Bridge
Time:     10am - 3pm

For more information see and

Windmills of Sussex published

Windmills of Sussex by Derek Nicholas
A comprehensive book on Sussex windmills with many excellent photographs of extremely high quality.

 128pp with 184 black and white illustrations
Published & distributed by Stenlake Publishing Ltd.
Tel: 01290 551122
Email: sales ['at' sign] ISBN 9781840337044

Casework volunteers needed

Casework is one of the most important parts of the Section's work. As a statutory consultee on planning applications affecting listed windmills and watermills, we receive up to one consultation a week on average. Adequate scrutiny of proposals is crucial to ensure that we make our voice heard and stop damaging proposals - and we now need more help.

The Section relies on volunteers to look at plans, make site visits and assess the impact of planning proposals. We need people who are knowledgeable about mills in their local area, have internet access and can travel to mills independently. Depending on the area, volunteers may be contacted about no more than one or two applications each year, so even if you do not have a lot of time to spare, we would like to hear from you.

For more information on volunteering as a caseworker, please contact us on 020 7456 0909 or

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