Oldest Surviving Gas Works Protected

The DCMS and Historic England announced on the 15 July 2020 that the remains of what is believed to be the earliest surviving gas works in the world have been protected through scheduling. The site lies at the Dolphinholme Worsted Mill in the upper Wyre Valley in Lancashire, and was installed in 1811, providing gas…

AIM ‘Hallmarks at Home’

The AIM ‘Hallmarks of Prospering Museums’ initiative comprises a framework to help museums and heritage organisations throughout the UK. The Hallmarks identify characteristics that are typical of successful heritage organisations and enable them to prosper and thrive. ‘Hallmarks at Home’ takes the existing principles and applies them to the recovery and reopening of the museum…

Grimsby Ice Factory Receives COVID-19 Grant

Historic England has awarded North East Lincolnshire Council (NELC) £40,000 for repairs to the Grimsby Ice Factory from their Heritage at Risk grant programme. The council is working with the Great Grimsby Ice Factory Trust (GGIFT), regeneration partner Engie and building owners ABP. Extra funding is also said to have come from ABP and surplus…

Heritage Open Days 2020 to Go Ahead

This year’s Heritage Open days are to go ahead fro the 11th to the 20th September. For the first time online events will be offered, as well as any in-person opportunities that are possible within Government guidelines at the time of the festival. Communities will be able to celebrate the stories of the places and…

AIA Looks to the Post-Pandemic Future

The Association for Industrial Archaeology has decided to establish a Young Members Board as a sub-committee of the Association, composed of people who are in mid-career or younger. The AIA recognizes the ageing demographic of both the membership and Council, and believe that by engaging with younger people they can better deliver the aim of…

Historic England Launch Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund

Today (17 April 2020) Historic England have launched their Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund. This extends a safety net to small heritage organisations and has been set up in response to a recent survey by Historic England (see elsewhere on these pages). The grants available will help organisations, voluntary groups, and self-employed contractors survive the immediate…

Advice for (Heritage) Charity Trustees during the COVID-19 Crisis

The Coronavirus crisis has implications for all (heritage) charities as well as their staff, volunteers, and beneficiaries. The NCVO has some very useful advice for Trustees on how to cope with the challenges thrown up by the current situation. This includes the type of questions Trustees need to be asking; prioritising work to help with…

Historic England Covid-19 Heritage Impact Survey

Historic England are collaborating with a number of heritage organisations to share information and expertise, provide support and guidance, and understand the impact of the COVID-19 health crisis on the heritage sector. Taking the Survey To help inform this work, Historic England need you to tell then how you are being affected. Your feedback will help…