Ken Miln Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains:

  • Biographical information. 2009
  • Photographs of Megna Jute Mill, Calcutta, India. 1938-2009
  • Postcards of Bandel Church, Calcutta, India. c 1940s
  • Photographs of jute mill near Czestochowa, Poland. 1995-1996
  • The Textile Recorder Year Book. 1938

Administrative / Biographical History

John Miln worked for Mackinnon Mackenzie at their Megna Jute Mill in West Bengal, India. His son Kenneth (Ken) Miln was born on 22 July 1937 in Durban, South Africa, where John and his wife Elizabeth (both from Dundee), were on leave from India. After school Kenneth served an engineering apprenticeship with James F. Low, Monifieth, Scotland, working on the manufacture of jute mill process machinery. In 1959 he returned to India on behalf of Low's to install and commission machinery at mills in the Calcutta area. He served over six years between India and Pakistan in the jute industry, over sixteen years in Africa involved with natural-fibre processing and projects management (jute, sisal and coir), and three years as works manager of Ogilvy Bros jute mill, Kirriemuir, Scotland. He also helped to set up the jute machines in Verdant Works, Dundee. In 1995-1996 Kenneth took the modern colour photographs of jute mill machinery (mainly of James Mackie origin) at a jute mill near Czestochowa, Poland, which was in the process of closing down.


Arranged according to record type.

Access Information

Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act and any other appropriate legislation.

Acquisition Information

Given to the archives by Ken Miln in August 2009.

Other Finding Aids

Descriptive list.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Paper and photographs.

Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Zoe Ellis, Archive Volunteer, June 2010.

Conditions Governing Use

Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges are made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply.

Custodial History

The photographs and postcards from India, and the year book, were held by John Miln. They then passed to his son, Kenneth (Ken), who added the remaining items.


Not expected.