Craft of the Miller Network

Online International Conference
on the Craft of the Miller

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Zaanse Schans

The last online conference was on 22 February 2024 on

‘Protect the biotope of your windmill’

A windmill needs wind to work and produce. We term this 360 degree wind access the “Mill Wind Biotope”. Many mills, however, find their access to wind restricted by trees and other obstructions or potentially restricted by plans to create new buildings close to the mill. Developers who propose new buildings often pay consultants to create complex wind flow simulation models to attempt to demonstrate that new buildings will cause no harm to the mill wind biotope, but these models do not accurately predict the impact of the proposed building and thus the long-term harm to the mill.

Our conference on 22 February 2024 covered the following topics:

  • – What is a wind biotope and what are the risks?
  • – An explanation of the Wind Biotope Model (developed by De Hollandsche Molen) and models used in other countries
  • – A 2023 Study to validate and update the Wind Biotope Model from the UK
  • – Group discussion to understand the issues affecting Mill Wind Biotopes in different countries and how millers are addressing these
  • – Group discussion to explore how to use the Wind Biotope Model – the process to build a report as part of an objection to a planning proposal


Please watch the recording of the conference here.


Presentation Agnes de Boer

Presentation Stephen Temple

Discussion in groups

Agnes de Boer

Agnes de Boer, biotope advisor De Hollandsche Molen

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Stephen Temple, biotope advisor 

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:

Ambachtelijk Korenmolenaar Gilde
Dutch Centre For Intangible Cultural Heritage
Gild Fryske Mounders
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Ministry of Education, Culture and Science
Cultural Heritage Agency