Museum Estate and Development (MEND) Fund Now Open for Applications

The Museum Estate and Development (MEND) fund is now taking applications. This funding stream is part of the Cultural Investment Fund (CIF) CIF is administered by Arts Council England (ACE) and is made up of three funding streams, the Cultural Development Fund, the Libraries Improvement Fund, and MEND. MEND is particularly relevant for industrial heritage…

EERIAC 2021 – First post-lockdown physical IA Conference announced

What may well be the first in-person regional industrial archaeology conference since lockdown has been announced by the Cambridgeshire Industrial Archaeology Society. The East of England Regional Industrial Archaeology Conference (EERIAC 2021) will take place on Saturday 3rd July, in The Pye Building, Cambridge Museum of Technology, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge. The conference fee is £15…

New Publication on Glassmaking in the Weald

A new publication from the Surrey County Archaeological Unit, ‘Glassmaking in the Weald: Survey, excavation and scientific analysis 2010-2018′ by David Dungworth, Colin Clark, Paul Linford, Tom Munnery, Sarah Paynter and Rob Poulton, provides the first comprehensive review of this important industry to be published for over 50 years. Supported by Historic England, nineteen of…

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…