Going Through the Mill

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Historic graffiti at Kibworth Harcourt windmill, Leicestershire. As the SPAB carries out repairs, this fascinating building is giving up its secrets. Watch this recorded online presentation to discover more about the graffiti found at the mill and what it can tell us about its history.

Going Through the Mill: historic graffiti at Kibworth Harcourt windmill, Leicestershire

A recording of an online talk presented by James Wright for the SPAB (September 2021)
Pay-to-view recorded lecture, available until 31 January 2022
£5 pp 

The SPAB’s current conservation project at its post-mediaeval windmill at Kibworth Harcourt in Leicestershire has allowed archaeologists from Triskele Heritage to investigate well-over 200+ examples of historic graffiti found in this extraordinary building. The inscriptions relate to activity by former millers, craftspeople involved in repairs and visitors to the building, and a large percentage of the assemblage of markings is thought to be connected to apotropaic practices intended to ward off bad luck from the structure. Join buildings archaeologist James Wright as he outlines, explains and contextualises these exciting discoveries.  

James Wright is an award-winning buildings archaeologist. He has two decades professional experience of ferreting around in people’s cellars, hunting through their attics and digging up their gardens. He hopes to find meaningful truths about how ordinary and extraordinary folk lived their lives in the past.

James' talk is a recording of the live presentation he made for the SPAB in September 2021.


IT requirements: Please note that this is a recording of an online lecture. You will be sent instructions on how to access the recording in a booking confirmation email. To participate, all you need is an internet connection, and a laptop, computer or phone with the ability to play video and audio.   


Accessibility: please contact the SPAB before booking to discuss any special access requirements.

Booking Terms & Conditions

Image credit: James Wright

31st January 2022 9:55 PM through 10:00 PM
Virtual event: held online
United Kingdom
Event Fee(s)
Per Person £5.00