Museum puts historic mill to good use

The Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings plans to mill its own flour with one of its exhibits, which it will then use to make bread.

The 19th century post mill at the museum in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, is one of three surviving in the Midlands area. Michael Skoda, head of milling operations at the museum, said: "We want to start milling our own flour and making products from it. It will only be on a small scale, we don't want to compete with Hovis or Warburtons, but it's still very exciting.”

The museum plans to have an event where they invite local bakers to come and test their flour and products, and eventually may even hold bakery courses.

Edwardian tea room

Skoda added: "The hope is that we will make things such as bread, rolls, scones, anything which can be made with flour, then sell them in our Edwardian tea room to our visitors."

The mill was brought to the museum from Danzey Green, near Tamworth-in-Arden and reconstructed in 1969, thanks to Mike Field, a senior volunteer at the museum.

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