I find the graffiti found in different parts of Moulton Mill absolutely fascinating. These marks all tell a story of a life once lived, a life connected to the Mill either as a Miller, mill worker or visitor. There are signatures, addresses, tally marks, notes about quantities and grain origins. Some of the graffiti is located right at the top of the mill on the main central shaft so I made images for display during the exhibition.
May 10th and 11th, 2014
I am currently making new works, inspired by and in response to my work with community groups and volunteers at Heckington and Moulton windmills over the last 6 months.
At Heckington Mill
I have been struck by the huge part a Miller once played in our lives, how his (or her) relationship with nature and the amazing engineering of the Mill put food on our tables through hard graft. To me, Millers and the people who work just as hard as them today to bring field to fork are unsung heroes; where would we be without them? I hope that my visual representations and homage to the Millers provides food for thought!
At Moulton Mill
Connecting to the abundance of Moulton Mill’s social history is easy, from the workers’ graffiti on the walls, to the photo of the old Corn Exchange where the worlds of millers, farmers and merchants came together. I have discovered stories that bring the history of field to fork to life, that reveal to me the rich fabric of the land and the part that Mills played in creating it.
National Mills Weekend runs every year. It has been organised by the SPAB (the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) and is part of a Europe-wide festival of milling heritage during May. Lots of Mills will be opening their doors.
It would be great to see you at either or both of the Mills. Entrance to the exhibitions is free.
Heckington Mill will be open from 12 noon to 5 pm each day.
Moulton Mill will be open from 10 am to 4 pm each day.