A fundraiser is being hosted tomorrow to keep the sails turning of Green’s windmill, Sneinton, that was once owned and operated by the mathematical genius George Green.

Green’s Mill and Science Centre, of Windmill Lane, is hosting tours round the historical building with a miller and, wind providing, demonstrating how grain is traditionally turned into flour.

The windmill, built in 1807 by a Nottingham baker, operates a ‘free entry for all’ policy meaning the landmark is reliant on donations to keep the mill open and running.

However the mill is not just a piece of industrial history, it is also respected in the science world, as its creator fathered one of the most remarkable physicists of his age.

George Green was 14-years-old when his father built the windmill and for most of the rest of his life George worked in the windmill.

However, George went on to achieve fame in the scientific world with his outstanding ideas and he has helped others to understand concepts such as light and electricity with much of his work still being used by scientists today.

Fun Facts:

  • When the mill was built in the 1800s it was the largest and most powerful of the 20 or so windmills in and around the town
  • In 1947 the mill was badly damaged by a fire and was later restored by Nottingham City Council in the 1980’s
  • The windmill began milling again in December 1986 and the giant sails can still be seen working to this day
  • March 2013 the mill lost City Council funding meaning it relies on events like this help to keep the windmill open and operating
  • The mill makes and sells its own award-winning flour
  • George Green’s stature was recently recognised when he had a Nottingham city tram named after him

The science centre next to the mill tells of George’s remarkable story and both adults and children can test their brain power with hands-on experiments.

 

“Without the support of local people the mill would likely close, being lost to the history books”

Heritage Development Officer Jamie Duff believes people need to support the mill in order to keep Nottingham history alive.

He said: “The mill is a very significant building for Nottingham and has become an iconic part of Nottingham’s skyline.

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Jamie Duff checking on the white flour production. Credit: Tracey Whitefoot

“However, without the support of local people the mill would likely close, being lost to the history books along with many other mills in the country, whilst the memory of George Green would be forgotten, say for the people that still use his work.”

Tours will be running on the hour from 10am to 4pm with no need to book.

For more information visit www.greensmill.wordpress.com or call +44(0)115 915 6878.

Donations can also be made online here.