Collection REXW - Rex Wailes Collection

Rex Wailes - Tom Hennell Rex Wailes - Stanley Freese Rex Wailes - G Eland Rex Wailes - Donald W Muggeridge Rex Wailes - George Watkins Rex Wailes - C P Davies Rex Wailes' notes and publications Rex Wailes - John Russell Rex Wailes' general correspondence Correspondence about Yorkshire Windmills Correspondence and notes on UK mills 1935-1978 Correspondence about foreign mills, 1969-1971 Correspondence and notes on windmill sails Detailed notes on mills in the UK and abroad File of newspaper cuttings Newspaper cuttings Newspaper cuttings UK Windmills manuscripts and notes Vol 1 UK Windmills manuscripts and notes Vol 2 Lists and manuscripts relating to published work
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Rex Wailes Collection


  • c 1900 - 1986 (Creation)

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110 boxes and albums of varying size

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Archival history

On his death in 1986, the majority of Rex Wailes's collection was donated to the National Monuments Record (now the Historic England Archive) and the Science Museum. A large amount of material however remained in Rex's shed, and was retrieved by Alan Stoyel and kept by him until transfer to The Mills Archive in 2004 and subsequently. Other material had been given to the SPAB Mills Section or to other researchers - when these collections came to The Mills Archive, Rex Wailes material was identified and moved to the Rex Wailes collection. The Rex Wailes collection at the Science Museum was transferred to the Mills Archive in July 2019.

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Scope and content

Images and documents on windmills and watermills in various regions of the UK, Europe and the USA. Includes material on the sugar mills of Barbados. Some parts of the collection have been given individual catalogue entries; the remainder is listed in the attached PDF.

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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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The Science Museum holds the collection of George Wailes and Co. A collection of Rex's photographs is held by the English Heritage Archive (Reference No. WAI01), digital copies of many of these are held by the Mills Archive.

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Archivist's note

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

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