OASIS Rollout Free Support Workshops for Archaeology & Heritage Sector

Historic England have commissioned MSDS Marine and Ashtree Heritage to provide support workshops for the rollout of the new Online Access to the Index of Investigations (OASIS) system. OASIS is an online reporting form enabling archaeological and heritage practitioners to provide information about their investigations to regional Historic Environment Records (HERs) and respective national heritage…

Elsecar’s Industrial Heritage Gets New Protection

As part of the work in the Elsecar Heritage Action Zone (a three year partnership project with Barnsley Museums), Historic England has just announced the designation and up-grading of 16 sites by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The six new sites include the former Elsecar ironworks, which produced plating for HMS Warrior,…

CBA Lunchtime Networking and Digital Skills Development Sessions

The Council for British Archaeology is running a series of networking and skills development opportunities over the next few weeks, for those involved in leading a voluntary or community archaeological group. This is an initiative supported by Historic England’s COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The sessions are free and are at lunchtime. Facilitated by CBA staff,…

2020 Applications for Marsh Awards for Community Archaeology

The Marsh Awards, designed to showcase excellence in archaeology, are run by the Council for British Archaeology with the support of the Marsh Christian Trust. Since all archaeological activity this year has been affected in some way by the pandemic, the CBA and Marsh Christian Trust have decided to focus the 2020 Awards on projects…

AIA E-News Bulletin Out for October 2020

The latest e-news bulletin from the AIA is out with short articles on the impact of COVID-19 on the UK industrial heritage sector; Rebuilding Heritage grant fund; AIA planning news; AIA restoration grants; top endangered Victorian sites for 2020; the campaign to save Dorman Long Tower; bid to raise £8m to restore Scottish Flax mill;…

DCMS Volunteer Guidance Survey

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is currently developing guidance to help volunteer-involving organisations, groups, and bodies based in England better understand how volunteering can be done safely and effectively during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. As part of this guidance development, DCMS are inviting employees and volunteers from volunteer-involving organisations, groups, and…

Historic England Industrial Heritage Webinars Now Free to View

Historic England’s first two industrial heritage webinars are now available to view online for free. These were delivered in July 2020 and each last no more than one hour. They include presentations by Norman Redhead (Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service) describing the work of a local authority archaeological officer, Dr Joanne O’Hara (Somerset West and…

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…