Lockdown Industrial Heritage Vandalism is Rare – Fortunately

The news that Avoncroft Museum has been vandalised on its first day back open to the public (2 May), is a reminder that industrial heritage museums face more challenges than the effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Data gathered by the IHSO project on vandalism on industrial heritage during lock down since March 2020 shows that…

Latest Heritage Digital Workshops: Developing Online Resources

The latest round of free digital workshops from Heritage Digital look at developing online resources and collections. Since the COVID-19 restrictions began in March 2020, many Industrial Heritage sites and industrial archaeology groups have provided such resources for the first time, or expanded their existing online resources. This interactive workshop is led by  Naomi Korn…

AIA e-News Bulletin for April 2021

Welcome to the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s regular e-news bulletin. Read on for updates on what the AIA has been doing recently, and other industrial archaeology news from the UK and beyond. If you have a story you think the AIA should feature in a future bulletin please get in touch here Industrial Archaeology e-News…

IHSO Update for January to March 2021

At the beginning of January 2021, a third national lockdown across Britain was announced due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This saw all industrial archaeology and heritage sites closed again and many staff put back into furlough. Nevertheless, the IHSO project has continued its online roll-out of regional meetings with zoom seminars for the Cornwall and…

New Test and Trace Requirements for 2021 Re-opening of Visitor Attractions

The UK Government has published an update (5 April 2021) on the “Test and Trace” requirements and regulations in advance of the re-opening of visitor attractions. Venues must ask their customers and visitors (over the age of 16) for the following details:  A contact phone number for each customer or visitor (no longer just the lead person…

Post-Pandemic Re-opening: Latest CBA & Historic England Guidance

With the restrictions around the third lockdown beginning to ease, many industrial archaeology and heritage museums, sites, and societies are planning their re-opening strategies. There’s lots to consider, from volunteer support, and safe forms of working in the field, to making sure that exhibits and buildings are not damaged by adaption to COVID-19 compliant measures….

Historic England Industrial Heritage Consultation

Historic England are asking the public what they think the priorities should be for managing England’s industrial heritage. In order to do this they are consulting on their draft Industrial Heritage Strategy which can be found, together with details on how to respond, here: https://historicengland.org.uk/about/what-we-do/consultations/guidance-open-for-consultation/ The Strategy sets out the key priorities for England’s internationally…

Rebuilding Heritage – Round 4 Support Applications Now Open

Rebuilding Heritage, which provides free online support and training for the heritage sector, has opened a fourth round of support. Round 4 will include new group training on financial literacy, digital marketing, and workplace inclusion, in addition to offers of support in business planning, communications, fundraising, legal issues, leadership, and wellbeing. You can apply for…

Grants Updates from ACE, AIM & Museum Development North West

As the wider heritage sector prepares to re-open over the spring after the latest COVID lockdown, several grant giving organisations have announced the re-opening of funding streams or revised initiatives relevant to the Industrial Heritage sector. Below is a brief summary of some of these. Arts Council England National Lottery Fund Project Grants The Arts…

The role of archaeology in construction: new guidance issued

The existing UK Government guidance on managing historic landscape and archaeology during the planning and implementing of flood risk management construction projects has been updated, with a series of cases studies published by CIRIA (Feb 2021). CIRIA is the Construction Industry Research and Information Association, a neutral, independent and not-for-profit body.  The guidance is supported…