Flour and corn mills were central to the expansion of Dublin from the early medieval period, with milling reaching its zenith during the 19th century due to population increase and technological advances. Several examples of large industrial corn and flour mills, such as Boland’s Mills in Ringsend, remain as landmarks within the cityscape and serve as physical reminders of a once vibrant industry.
Dublin City Council Archaeology Section in association with the Industrial Heritage Association of Ireland present a seminar on the historical context and archaeological evidence for the development of corn and flour milling in Dublin.
9.30am Opening Address
9.45am Colin Rynne – The development of corn and flour mill technology in Ireland
10.15am Claire Walsh – Archaeological evidence of milling in early medieval and medieval Dublin
10.45am Niall Colfer – Corn and flour mills in post-medieval Dublin: Distribution, Protection and Reuse
11.15am Tea/coffee break
11.30am Franc Myles – The rise and fall of the city’s windmills
12.00pm Fred Hamond – Location, Location, Location! Revolutionary Developments in Dublin’s Milling Industry
12.30pm Q & A
Seminar chaired by Dublin City Archaeologist, Ruth Johnson