The SPAB Mills Section is the UK’s national organisation for protecting and promoting traditional windmills and watermills.

We provide technical advice, training and funding for the sympathetic repair of mills and their machinery; campaign to save traditional mills from destruction and conversion; and celebrate our milling heritage through National Mills Weekend, the nation’s annual celebration of mills and milling on the second weekend of May.

If you love mills, sign up to our Mills eNewsletter, become a SPAB Mills Member and check out our mill-related events.

If you work with mills, check out our professional development events, consult our technical and planning advice or apply for a grant from our Mill Repair Fund


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Mills News

Daniel Cheetham, carpenter and SPAB Millwright Fellow 2023, reflects on how he became involved with this critically endangered craft. 

As we approach National Mills Weekend, Bryony Robinson, Development Manager at John O’Groats Mill, kindly answered a few questions about this exciting project. 

Mildred Cookson, Chair of the SPAB Mills Section, reflects on how millwrighting has changed over the years and how we might keep this critically endangered craft alive.