Barnsley Museum Launches 3D Fly-through of Elsecar Industrial Village

Barnsley Museum have launched a fly-through reconstruction of the 19th century Elsecar industrial village. The stunning fly-through is a digital rendering showing Elsecar and the surrounding area at its industrial peak around 1880 with ironworks, collieries, canals, railways and settlements all visible.

Prepared by Barnsley Museum and produced by digital creator Martin Moss of Dextra Digital, it is based on research carried out by Historic England as part of the Elsecar Heritage Action Zone, together with local volunteer historians and experts across the UK, which has transformed our understanding of the importance of Elsecar. It is also a legacy project of the Great Place Wentworth & Elsecar Programme, supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To view the fly-through follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KYqMX5EfGs

A reconstruction of the Elsecar Ironworks around 1880. Image courtesy of Barnsley Museum

North Pennines AONB Partnership Looking For Historic Environment Project Manager

The North Pennines AONB Partnership is looking for an organised and experienced project manager with a background in management of the historic environment and in community engagement, to lead the development stage of its new lead mining heritage project – Land of Lead and Silver.

Land of Lead and Silver is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England. The project focuses on lead mining heritage of the North Pennines, and on the skills required to record, conserve, maintain and interpret this heritage for future generations. It starts with the stories associated with this heritage and aims to tell these stories in ways which connect with new audiences, building support for this heritage and recruiting volunteers for the future.

Subject to successfully securing funding from NLHF for the delivery stage of the project, the contract would be extended for a further four years.  Please follow this link for more information and to apply:

https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk/job/Project_Manager_Historic_Environment_Officer_/225940

#BeMoreDigitasl Conference 30 June 2022

Charity Digital are hosting their annual conference, #BeMoreDiguital, on 30th June 2022 in London, in person. The Charity Digital Conference is created by charities, for charities. It aims to help build confidence and skills for charities across the UK, regardless of their digital maturity or digital expertise. It is an opportunity to grow together, to learn from each other, and to ensure the sector’s collective success, and copuld be useful for those running industrial heritage sites.

The topics covered include sessions that touch on the following: fundraising and marketing; strategy, tech and data; impact; small charities; keynote session.

More details here: https://charitydigital.org.uk/topics/topics/join-us-for-the-bemoredigital-conference-2022-10141?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Marketing%20Newsletter

Science & Industry Museum Manchester Receives £3 Million Donation

The Science and Industry Museum in Manchester has received a £3million donation from The Law Family Charitable Foundation to fund the future of its iconic Power Hall gallery. The donation, the museum’s largest philanthropic gift to date, will support the gallery’s regeneration.

In recognition of The Law Family Charitable Foundation’s generosity and the significant benefit it will have for visitors, the gallery will be known as the Power Hall: The Law Family Gallery, when it reopens to the public in 2024. The Grade II listed Power Hall building was built in 1855 as the transhipment shed for Liverpool Road Station, the world’s first purpose-built intercity passenger railway station. It houses one of the UK’s largest collections of working stationary steam engines, most of them built in Manchester.

The gift is in addition to the £4.3 million given by the Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme to transform the whole museum’s environmental sustainability and place zero carbon technology at the heart of the museum’s visitor experience. £2.6 million from that grant will enable the Power Hall (currently undergoing urgent restoration thanks to £6 million from the DCMS) to reduce C02 emissions by 60% by 2030 through enhanced roof insulation and glazing to improve energy efficiency, an electric boiler and water source heat pumps to heat the space and power the historic engines sustainably, and a new building management system to monitor and control energy use of this iconic gallery.

Further details here: https://www.scienceandindustrymuseum.org.uk/about-us/we-are-changing/power-hall

SPAB Looking for Platinum Jubilee Weekend Celebration Images

The SPAB Mills Section would like to share any pictures from the Platinum Jubilee Weekend Celebrations that took place at windmills and watermills across Britain In June 2022.

If you have taken any images of mills or celebrations at mills, please email them with your name and the name of the mill to millsinfo@spab.org.uk by Friday 10th June. SPAB would like to share them with SPAB Mills Section Members in the July issue of Mill News.

Heritage Digital Academy Free Online Summer Training Events

Heritage Digital Academy are offering free online training events on all things digital for heritage organisations across the UK for summer 2022. These sessions are design to help individuals develop new digital practices and build key skills that can be brought back to their organisation.

Click on the links to see more details of the programme events:

To sign up or learn more, visit the Heritage Digital Academy Website

Made in Smethwick Community Project Looking for Volunteers

DigVentures is working with Chance Heritage Trust to host ‘Made in Smethwick’ – a lively series of events and interactive projects taking place this summer that explore the industrial heritage of Smethwick and the surrounding area. The programme is free and open to anyone to join, and includes in person walks, talks, guided visits, workshops, as well as online events – and even an interactive online mapping project that everyone can contribute to!

See all upcoming events and register for free: https://chanceht.org/events/

Note – all events have multiple dates throughout May, June, and July.

Join the Interactive The Chance Lighthouse Map Project

Nearly 2,500 lighthouses around the world were fitted with a lens made at the Chance Brothers & Co glassworks in Smethwick. Where did they end up? And how did they shaped the modern world? Dig Ventures are working with the Chance Trust want your help to map their locations, and record the historical and technical detail that bring their stories to life.

Everyone who signs up will be given training, and have the option to join us for a weekly ‘Lighthouse Lesson’. Whether you’re already a lighthouse aficionado, or simply curious about a new aspect of industrial heritage, this is an opportunity to learn new skills and put them to good use.

Find out more about this interactive project, and how you can join in: https://digventures.com/product/the-chance-lighthouse-map/

EERIAC 31 Conference June 2022

There’s still time to book for the East England Regional Industrial archaeology Conference on Saturday 11th June. Organised by Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society, the conference programme is as follows:

9.30am            Registration, tea, coffee, view displays

10.00am          ‘The History of Radar at Bawdsey’ – Graham Murchie, Trustee, Bawdsey Radar, who run the Transmitter Block Museum at the very first radar station in the country.      

11.15am          ‘RAF Martlesham Heath’ – a speaker from the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society.

12.00noon       EERIAC AGM.

12.15pm          Lunch break.  

1.45pm            Re-assemble.  We will be divided into groups, so the order in which the following are taken will vary according to the group:

a)         Guided tour of the Saxon Ship Longshed, Tide Mill Way. The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company are building a replica of the Saxon burial ship using archaeological evidence from the Sutton Hoo site on the opposite shore of the River Deben. 

b)         Guided tour of the Tide Mill, Tide Mill Way.  One of the few surviving tide mills.   

4.00pm approximately            Close of conference. 

Venue: Hutchinson Room, Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4AU

Download the booking form here:

EFAITH Free Industrial Heritage in Europe Seminars

Traditionally, EFAITH has organised an annual weekend in one of the European countries to bring together volunteers and volunteer associations. These were/are short weekend meetings, where volunteers and voluntary associations from different countries get together, meet, and forge relationships across borders, exchange experiences, and learn from each other.

However, as organising a physical meeting is still difficult for many organisations, EFAITH has decided to organise two online webinars before the summer holidays in May and June. In this way, information, knowledge and ideas can be exchanged. The first webinar took place on Saturday 14 May. A second webinar will take place on Saturday, 11 June. Participation is free, but prior registration is required. To receive the link and to log on complete the form and register for June’s webinar here.


Click here for further information 

Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology Online Conference, 20th & 21st May

The 2022 annual conference of the Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology will be held online again this year #pmac22. There is still time to book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/post-medieval-archaeology-congress-2022-tickets-335543819597?fbclid=IwAR0ZBc2Hdm7LfT3xmB6vsHix4uW4bKlWKFyE7zep8Nl-ytHpqlEiyfPZsIQ

The conference programme is below, and will include several talks and twitter papers on industrial themes.

Friday 20th May

09:50 – 12:00 Twitter papers (Chair: James Dixon)

Live Zoom discussion sessions:

12:15 Welcome from SPMA President Alasdair Brooks

12:30 – 13:30 Archaeology and/of the Public (Chair: Lorna Richardson)

14:00 – 15:00 Ceramics (Chair: Jacqui Pearce)

15:30 – 16:30 Buildings (and their contents) (Chair: Alessandro Camiz)

Saturday 21 May

10:00 – 12:00 Enabled Archaeology Foundation workshop session

12:30 – 13:30 Museums and Accessibility (Chair: Ashley Almeida)

14:00 – 15:00 Identity (Chair: Sanna Lipkin)

15:30 – 16:30 Maritime and Industry (Chair: Hanna Steyne)

See the full programme at spma.org.uk/events