Ken Miln Collection
- 1938-2009 (Creation)
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Extent and medium
13 photographs, 3 postcards, 1 book and 7 documents
Name of creator
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.
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.
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Scope and content
Photographs of Megna Jute Mill, Calcutta, India, 1938-c 1940s. Postcards of Bandel Church, Calcutta, India, c 1940s. Photgraphs of jute mill near Czestochowa, Poland 1995-1996. Copy of The Textile Recorder Year Book 1938. Computer printouts of photographs of Megna Jute Mill, 2009.
System of arrangement
Usually chronological within series.
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Conditions governing access
Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.
Conditions governing reproduction
Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.
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Physical characteristics and technical requirements
Photographs and paper
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Existence and location of originals
Originals except for some copies of photographs, for which the originals are probably still held by the family.
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Rules and/or conventions used
Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997
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