J Kenneth Major Foundation Collection

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 3132 JKMC
  • Dates of Creation
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
  • Physical Description
      120 boxes and 35 albums

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.

Administrative / 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 a longer biography of J Kenneth Major, see the Profiles section of our website.

Conditions Governing Access

Available to all readers by appointment at The Mills Archive, Reading. We are open Monday to Friday from 10am-3pm.

Archivist's Note

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

Conditions Governing Use

Printed and high resolution copies of photographs can be made available, subject to a charge. Please see our website for details.

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Appraisal Information

Book collection added to the Mills Archive Library.

Custodial History

Progressively transferred to the Mills Archive from 2002 onwards.

Related Material

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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