There’s a model in the Tide Mill that demonstrates how the process of harnessing water from the Deben at high tide and then releasing it back into the river at low tide, after it has run under a water wheel, powers the Mill machinery to grind flour. It’s a very popular exhibit because it is a simple and clear way to show the process that can be quite confusing. There are many who think that the Mill operated at high tide. The model is quite old now and occasionally needs work to maintain it.
One of the Mill’s volunteer engineers, aided by Head Miller Dan who programmed the model to run in the correct sequence, undertook some much-needed servicing to get the model working again.