Heritage Emergency Fund supports hundreds of organisations across the UK

The NHLF has announced that the Heritage Emergency Fund has helped more than 950 heritage organisations across the UK to cope with the challenges of the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. In total, 961 grants were awarded worth £49.8million to help the heritage community support staff, cover essential maintenance and utility costs, and prepare to safely reopen….

Colchester’s Balkerne Water Tower gets Historic England Grant

Historic England has awarded a £20,000 project development grant to support investigative works at the the Grade II* Balkerne Tower in Colchester, also known as the ‘Jumbo Tower’. It was built in 1882-3 by the local council to bring clean water to the Essex town, and was last used in 1984. It is currently on…

RECOVERY GRANTS SECOND ROUND

The Art Fund and the Museum Development Network (MDN) in England have joined forces to offer a series of Recovery Grants – deadline 15th September. In Round One they supported a wide range of activity, allowing museums to create new online content, adapt their learning offers, strengthen relationship building with BAME communities, start up new…

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…