What do we do?
Some individual members do historical
research, or survey the mill sites of an area, or work on the
restoration of mills, but most just have a deep interest in the
many and varied aspects of mills.
As a Group:
- A programme of monthly indoor meetings is held throughout the winter in the
Greater Birmingham area, consisting of lectures on a
variety of mills topics.
- A Newsletter is
circulated to members three times a year.
- A Journal is
published once a year, usually about Easter time. It
contains articles of a high standard on mill topics. It
is supplied free to members but is also on general sale
and has a wide circulation.
- A Mills Open Leaflet is
published every Spring, showing brief details of around 40 mills
which are available to visit. It is available free from a variety of outlets, including Tourist Information Centres.
- During the early summer there is an
organised visit to mills of interest somewhere in the
greater Midlands area, usually situated in the most
- Throughout the summer, members open
mills to the public and help to operate them, especially
at New Hall watermill, Heage windmill and Chesterton
- Working parties are held during the
winter months at a variety of mills.
- The Group assists in the preparation
and supports applications for grant aid for the
restoration of mills, including applications to the
- Advice is given to local authorities
on planning applications that affect the wellbeing of