AIM ‘Setting up a Museum’ Workshops for September 2022

The Association of Independent Museums (AIM) is running two interactive, online, workshops in September on the key skills needed to set up a new museum. These will be led by Emma Chaplin and Heather Lomas, authors of AIM’s popular ‘Setting up a new museum’ success guide. The two-hour workshops will provide all you need to…

Crofton Beam Engine Run First Ecoal Trial Steaming

The search to find a replacement for coal to steam locomotives in the UK has been going on for several years. Now, attention is turning to replacement fuels for running stationary steam engines and their boilers beyond the use of gas or wood pellets. Crofton beam engine held a first trial steaming using Homefire Ecoal…

Heritage Sector Resilience Plan Launched

At the end of June 2022 the Historic Environment Forum, with the support of Historic England, launched a Heritage Sector Resilience Plan designed to provide a clear roadmap to a more robust and resilient heritage sector. Its the result of a number of online workshops held in late 2021/early 2022 in response to the COVID…

Re-imagining Industrial Heritage Pt 1: Ignite Yorkshire

Ignite Yorkshire is an NHLF Kick the Dust project all about how industrial heritage and young people connect. The project works with young people, ages 14 to 25, just starting to think about their career paths. It takes inspiration from the industrial past to develop skills for the future. The project is exploring how we can make the…

Heritage Open Days Directory Now Live

It’s not too late to join the festival as an organiser and list your event, which could be a perfect chance to reach new audiences and boost secondary spend. More than 30 Industrial Heritage sites have already registered for this year’s event. Take an early peek at the programme as it develops, with more than…

Apply Now for AIM’s New Stories New Audiences Funding

The Association for Independent Museums (AIM) has opened applications for their New Stories New Audiences grants. These are designed to inspire small museums to stay relevant to their audiences and to increase their impact by identifying new stories and working with a new partner, to work differently, and try something new. Funded by National Lottery…

Manchester viaduct on the way to becoming a green ‘sky park’

The National Trust’s plan to turn as an 1890s Manchester steel viaduct into a ‘sky park’ have taken another step forward with the first test opening on the 11th June 2022. This 330-metre long Grade II-listed viaduct strides across Castlefield, one of the historic industrial zones of the city centre. It was built in 1892…

Nominations Open for Family Friendly Museum Award 2022

Kids in Museums launched the Family Friendly Museum Award in 2004 to recognize the venues that are most welcoming, fun, and accessible for families. Each year it is down to families to decide the winners. Nominations are now open for the Family Friendly Museum Award for 2022. The ‘Kids in Museums Manifesto’ has also been…