Collection MS 308 - Ken Miln Collection

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MS 308


Ken Miln Collection


  • 1938-2009 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

13 photographs, 3 postcards, 1 book and 7 documents

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Biographical history

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.

Archival history

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.


Not expected

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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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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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MS 308

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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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  • English



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