Discussing sector challenges and sharing ideas at the inaugural meeting of the Industrial Heritage Network London (IHNL)

A triumph of Victorian innovation, a masterpiece of engineering and a cathedral of ironwork – the Crossness Pumping Station, opened by the Prince of Wales in 1865, hosted the inaugural meeting of the Industrial Heritage Network London (IHNL) last Friday. What a phenomenal location for the launch of the new network!

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Don’t fear it, embrace it! The power of social media to promote and engage -Industrial Heritage Network West Midlands (IHNWM) meeting at Coffin Works

The machinery, the stock, even a pot of tea on the stove – when the Newman Brothers factory closed, almost everything in it was left as if at the end of an ordinary working day. Described as a sort of mercantile Marie Celeste, Coffin Works are the only surviving example of a purpose-built Victorian coffin furniture factory in the UK. All the coffin fittings including the handles, breastplates, ornaments, linings, cushions and the funerary gowns are still there, and visitors are free to touch and interact with many of them.

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