Craft of the Miller Network

Online International Conference
on the Craft of the Miller

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Zaanse Schans

Online Conference 12 October 2022 on Oral history & Mills:
capturing stories about life and work on the mills

What did daily life used to look like on the Dutch mills? How did millers learn their craft, did their family work with them on the mill and what was their place in society? What was it like to grow up on an isolated drainage mill without running water and electricity? The number of people that can answer questions like these is diminishing fast and many of those stories are not recorded anywhere. To collect and document the experiences of the last generation that grew up on the mills in the province of Zuid-Holland, heritage organisation Erfgoedhuis Zuid-Holland set up an interview project called Molenverhalen (Mill Stories).

In this webinar Marloes Wellenberg and Ellen Steendam share the highlights of this project, which has unearthed new perspectives on life and work on the mills. They also provide practical advice on setting up your own (small scale) project. Furthermore, they elaborate on the value of oral history for the participants, the general public and present day millers and mill organisations.


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The conference is on 12 October 2022, 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm CET. 


3.00       Welcome and introduction by Nicole Bakker, director Dutch Mill Society

3.05      Capturing Stories: Oral History & Mills by Ellen Steendam and Marloes Wellenberg

4.00       Discussion and questions – networking and chat

4.30       End of conference


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Oral history & Mills: capturing stories about life and work on the mills


Ellen Steendam
, senior advisor mills and musea heritage organisation Erfgoedhuis Zuid-Holland


Marloes Wellenberg
, senior advisor public history and heritage Erfgoedhuis Zuid-Holland

Nicole Bakker

Nicole Bakker,
director Dutch Mill Society

Who are we?

The craft of the miller is on the Representative List of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. To support the craft of the miller worldwide we aim to develop an international network of millers and mill societies. Therefore we bring together wind- and watermill parties from all over the world to share knowledge and skills.


Our Mission
Our Mission is to safeguard and promote the craft of the traditional miller – defined as “a miller who works with mills driven primarily by wind, water and animal power”.

Our Aims are:

  • To safeguard the craft of the miller
  • To share knowledge, experience and information amongst our community to promote best practice and the safe repair and operation of our mills
  • To encourage all involved with mills to protect and respect the original fabric of mill buildings and machinery
  • To promote the protection and repair of our global milling heritage, by helping others see a positive future for that heritage, returning mills, where appropriate, to production, keeping the mill working in its original function
  • To create a network of millers and associated societies to deliver our Mission

Are you a miller or interested in safeguarding the craft of the miller, join the Craft of the Miller Network by creating your own member profile. If you have other questions, please send an e-mail to: craftofthemiller@molens.nl.

Look here for the recording earlier conference.


The international network on the craft of the miller is initiated by:

Het Gilde van Vrijwillige molenaars
Ambachtelijk Korenmolenaar Gilde
Dutch Centre For Intangible Cultural Heritage
Gild Fryske Mounders
De Hollandsche Molen
Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Cultural Heritage Agency