Special Collections & Archives



Muggeridge Collection of Mill Photographs

The Muggeridge Collection was assembled by William and Donald Muggeridge, father and son. It is a unique collection of mill photographs dating from the early part of the 20th century onwards. It is particularly rich in black & white photographs of windmills and watermills, and other aspects of rural life, from a time just prior to the enormous changes which took place in agriculture and its associated technology during the latter part of the century.

William Burrell Muggeridge's collection of photographs of English windmills from 1904 was originally given to the Library on glass plates. Prints have been made of all of these, as well as of the photographs taken by William Muggeridge's son, Donald, thanks to grants from the University of Kent's Development and Alumni Annual Fund. You can view them in the Special Collections room. Where the county location of a mill is stated, pre-1974 boundaries and names apply.

The VERDI (VERsatile DIgitisation framework) project

The VERDI project, funded by JISC, has made it possible to catalogue and scan Donald Muggeridge's colour slides of mills all over Europe and some from the United States. The cataloguing was initially done on an archival database, MODES for Windows (MfW); the catalogue data has now been transferred to our Archive catalogue.

Non mill material

The Muggeridges did not only take photographs of mills, but also of churches and other rural subjects.

The donors

Collection in brief

Contents: photographs
Period: 20th century
Catalogued: Yes. Search archive catalogue


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