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Women in Milling

The story of flour milling is as ancient as civilisation itself, and the story of women in milling is just as old.


The UK Flour Millers and the Mills Archive Trust have joined forces to explore and celebrate the vital contributions that women made to the flour milling industry throughout history and up to the present day.

Women in Milling 

Flour millers are proud of the role they play in feeding and nourishing the nation. And women have always played a part in that contribution – from milling grain to feed their families to setting up enterprises that feed their communities, and developing machinery that helped to feed the nation. Watch our video to find out more.

Women in Milling timeline

Our timeline looks back in history to uncover and celebrate the many contributions women made to the milling industry. We learn about trailblazers such the formidable Margery Kempe, who launched her own brewing and milling empire in medieval Norfolk; and the many thousands of women whose largely unsung contribution kept Britain from going hungry during the two World Wars, alongside the social and economic reality for women of the day.


Women in Milling 

Today, women play a vital and valuable role in the flour milling industry, undertaking all manner of roles from engineer, to miller, to HGV driver. Find out more about the people behind the role below.


Would you like to work in a flour mill?

If you are interested in working for a flour mill we would love to hear from you. Please let us know more about yourself via our expressions of interest form.

If you would like to know more about the history of women in milling and the history of milling in general you can visit the Mills Archive Trust website.

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