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…

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…

Free Industrial Heritage Webinar January 2021

Historic England will be running a third free industrial heritage webinar on Thursday 21 January 2021 between 1300 and 1400. This webinar will look at the identification, assessment, and recording of industrial heritage sites through the planning process in England, as well as considering potential public benefits arising from such work. The speakers will be…

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;…

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…

New IHSO in post, March 2020

Our new IHSO, Dr Mike Nevell, started on 2nd March. Mike has over 25 years of experience in industrial archaeology and industrial heritage. His previous post was Head of Centre, at the Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford. He might be familiar to some, though, through his past roles as a Trustee of the…