Craft of the Miller

In 2017, the Dutch miller's craft was inscribed on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. It is the first Dutch heritage to be included on this Unesco list. A fantastic recognition. In order to keep the craft alive, the Guild of Millers, the Gild Fryske Mounders, the Artisanal Corn Millers Guild and De Hollandsche Molen regularly organize online conferences on various topics in collaboration with mill organizations abroad.

For more information you can contact the representative of the Guild mr. Roelant van Eijk on

The last online conference on the Craft of the Miller was on 22 February 2024 at 4:00 pm CET. This conference had the character of a workshop

The topic was: ‘Protect the biotope of your windmill’.

A windmill needs wind to work and produce. The mill biotope is more and more under pressure. Topics of the conference/workshop were:

•                    What is a windmill biotope and what are the risks and threats that can impact it?
•                    How does the biotope model work?
•                    The history of the Dutch Molenbiotoop Calculation
•                    How the Molenbiotoop is used in different countries
•                    Recent work to validate the Molenbiotoop Calculation
•                    How to use the Molenbiotoop to create evidence of the potential harm a development close to a windmill may cause.

The recording of this conference you can find on Online International Conference on the Craft of the Miller – De Hollandsche Molen (

Also the Guild of Millers in The Netherlands translated their handbook on how to become a watermiller to English and is available here:


On behalf of the steering group,

Nicole Bakker, director De Hollandsche Molen.

The recording of the previous conferences and the presentations can be found on our website