The Mills Research Group
We were founded in 1979 to co-ordinate the academic study of traditional wind and watermills, in the UK and further afield, as the need arises.
We believe that mills research is best carried out by a group of individuals who can pool their resources and also meet socially.
We have a meeting twice a year at the Mills Archive Trust in Reading. This is close to the mainline rail station, or to car parking at the venue, for those travelling longer distances.
We also have an annual conference, generally at the first weekend in October, at which short papers are presented on mill-related topics. On the Sunday we explore some of the local wind and watermills.
Some of our members have many years of experience both here and abroad. Others may be younger and tend to concentrate on mills in their local or regional environment.
We welcome all people with more than a passing interest of windmills and watermills.
Research into the past leads to a greater understanding and that knowledge can be discussed and published
Past subjects are very wide ranging, as can be seen by browsing through one of our Conference Proceedings. We have from time to time been involved in special projects: we produced the Wind and Watermill Gazetteer and will also be taking part in the newly formed Technical
Information Project (within the Mills Archive).
Our recent link to the Mills Archive is proving beneficial to both sides and the new mode of research headed by our secretary, promises increased scope for members.