Collection JKMC - J Kenneth Major Foundation Collection

Unidentified miller Stone dresser 2 Millstone dressing, watermill, Flitwick Biography of E Lancaster Burne Biography of J Kenneth Major 1987 Dorset Tour Notes File 01 File 02 File 03 File 04 File 05 File 06 File 07 File 10 File 08 File 11 File 13 File 09 File 14 (2 boxes) File 12
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J Kenneth Major Foundation Collection


  • 1773-2008 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

125 boxes, 35 albums, 298 architectural drawings

Name of creator

(21 October 1928 - 25 July 2009)

Biographical history

John Kenneth Major ARIBA, FSA, (1928-2009) was an architect, author and authority on industrial archaeology, particularly windmills, watermills and animal powered machines. He was a founding trustee of the Mills Archive. For more information see the featured people section of our website:


Archival history

Progressively transferred to the Mills Archive from 2002 onwards. Book collection added to the Mills Archive Library.

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Scope and content

Images and documents on UK and foreign mills, amassed over a lifetime of research and recording. Emphasis on water-powered sites in the UK.

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This collection may be consulted free of charge at the Mills Archive; please email to arrange an appointment.

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  • English

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A set of trade catalogues collected by J Kenneth Major is held at the Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading.

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Archivist's note

Collection level description revised by Luke Bonwick and Nathanael Hodge, 2012.

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