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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.

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.

The last conference took place in June 2021.  The video of the conference you can find here.

 

The next conference ‘The Craft of the Miller: Evolving and adapting’ will take place on 21 October 2021, 3:00 p.m. CET.

Conference ‘The Craft of the Miller: Evolving & Adapting’

21 October 2021, 3:00 p.m. CET – 4:30 p.m. CET

On the 21st October 2021, the United Kingdom will host our next conference The Craft of the Miller: Evolving & Adapting. We will hear the stories of our milling colleages from different parts of the UK with presentations including:

  1. “Bere Meal Production at Barony Mill, Orkney: Keeping a Tradition Alive” – telling the story of Bere Meal (made from a grain similar to Barley and unique to the Islands of Orkney in Scotland), how it is produced and how this mill keeps that tradition alive and thriving.
  2. “Welsh Grain to Welsh Flour – Traditional Mills and the Welsh Grain Network” – how two watermills are working to promote the production of local wheat varieties best suited to the Welsh climate and soils and building a following for their local flour.
  3. “Volunteer Millwrights, Millers and Friends – the Wicken Windmill Partnership” – how a group of people have used a Partnership model of ownership to repair, maintain and run this 208 year old working Cambridgeshire windmill now in its 25th year of restored operation.
  4. “Cann Mills: A 21st Century Commercial Watermill” – telling the story of the UK’s largest commercial water powered cornmill, a mill that has continued to work run by the Stoate family and so combines old and modern technology to deliver a range of flour products which are sold across the South of England and beyond.

We will also hear from the Mills Section of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) who work to protect and promote the UK’s milling heritage and the Traditional Cornmillers Guild who represent some 35 commercially focused wind and water mills.

There will be time for participants to ask questions and explore issues raised by the presentations and some social time to network at the end of the virtual conference.

Topics

Barony mill

“Bere Meal Production at Barony Mill, Orkney: Keeping a Tradition Alive” – telling the story of Bere Meal (made from a grain similar to Barley and unique to the Islands of Orkney in Scotland), how it is produced and how this mill keeps that tradition alive and thriving

Welsh Grain

“Welsh Grain to Welsh Flour – Traditional Mills and the Welsh Grain Network” – how two watermills are working to promote the production of local wheat varieties best suited to the Welsh climate and soils and building a following for their local flour

Wicken Village Mill

“Volunteer Millwrights, Millers and Friends – the Wicken Windmill Partnership” – how a group of people have used a Partnership model of ownership to repair, maintain and run this 208 year old working Cambridgeshire windmill now in its 25th year of restored operation

Cann-Mills

“Cann Mills: A 21st Century Commercial Watermill” – telling the story of the UK’s largest commercial water powered cornmill, a mill that has continued to work run by the Stoate family and so combines old and modern technology to deliver a range of flour products which are sold across the South of England and beyond

Nicole Bakker

Moderator
Nicole Bakker,
director Dutch Mill Society

JC Miller

Moderator
Jonathan Cook
, miller Fosters Mill & UK Representative of the Craft of the Miller Network

The conference is facilitated 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