Rocket 2030 – Feasibility Tender for the 200th Anniversary of the Liverpool & Manchester railway

Manchester Histories is working alongside a new partnership that aims to deliver a cultural programme to mark the 200th Anniversary of the opening of the world’s first inter-city passenger railway between Liverpool and Manchester in 2030.  It is intended that the programme of events will also commemorate globally significant events in railway history. The partnership is seeking a consultant/s to support a feasibility study to identify…

Arts Council England MEND Funding Round 2 Applications Opens in May

MEND (museum estate and development fund) run by ACE is a capital fund targeted at non-national Accredited museums and local authorities based in England to apply for funding to undertake vital infrastructure and urgent maintenance backlogs which are beyond the scope of day-to-day maintenance budgets. It offers grants between £50k and £5m to help museums…

Free Webinar on Overheating in Historic Buildings, 26 April 2022

Historic England will host a free webinar on overheating in historic buildings. The impact of climate change will be assessed through four case studies throughout England. The webinar will be on 26 April 2022 at 1pm. This is part of Historic England’s Technical Tuesdays webinar series which focuses on conservation topics and recordings of previous…

National Trust Helping to Find a Future for Lancashire’s Textile mills

The National Trust has joined forces with Lancashire County Council to tell the story of two of the most important surviving textile mills in North West England – Queen Street Mill in Burnley and Helmshore Mill in Rossendale. The Grade I listed Queen Street Mill is the last surviving 19th-century steam powered weaving mill in the…

AIA e-News Bulletin April 2022

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

Historic England Launches New Map Revealing a Century of England From the Air

In March 2022 Historic England launched its new Aerial Photography Explorer. For the first time this allows users to search and explore an online map showing aerial photographs of England over the past 100 years. Aerial imagery provides a fascinating insight into the development and expansion of the nation’s urban centres and changes to the…

New Strategy for Oldham’s Textile Mills Launched

Oldham Council has published its Mills Strategy (March 2022) setting out how these historic textile buildings can play an important part in the future of the borough. The study, one of the first of its kind in the country, was commissioned by Oldham Council and Historic England to explore the mills potential for future use….

University of York Drops Unique MA in Railway History

The University of York has decided to drop its unique MA in railway history. Course leader Dr David Turner confirmed on Twitter at the end of February 2022 that the Masters degree in railway studies would be closing when the current intake of students graduate and that no further applications are now being accepted. This is…

Hamish Ogden Heritage Apprenticeship Scheme Underway at Warwick Bridge Mill

The Hamish Ogston Foundation Heritage Building Skills Programme is a major five year in-work training and apprenticeships programme run in conjunction with Historic England. Based in the North of England, it will run from 2021 to 2026. It is funded by a £4.3 million grant from The Hamish Ogston Foundation; a charity supporting health, heritage, and…