Mills Archive Trust to Recruit Development Manager

The Mills Archive

The Mills Archive Trust preserves and protects records of milling heritage to make them freely available to the public. They are looking to fill a new role, that of Development Manager. The Development Manager will be responsible for growing income to cover core costs and allow for sustainable growth. The ideal person will be passionate about heritage and be a strategic thinker.

It is primarily an office-based role, though with some flexibility for home working and the opportunity for regional travel. The link below will take you to the job advert on the Guardian Jobs website…/development-manager/…

You can also sign up to stay in the know about your favourite mill-related interests here:

Canal & River Trust Awarded £1.6 Million

Hunts Locks on the Weaver Navigation, Cheshire – one of the Canal & River Trust sites receiving funding for essential maintenance.

The Canal & River Trust has been awarded a £1.6m grant through the Heritage Stimulus Fund. This forms part of a package of measures recently announced by UK Government –

445 heritage organisations will share £10m+ from two funds in the Culture Recovery Fund (Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and Heritage Stimulus Fund) to restart vital repair and maintenance work on cherished heritage sites, and to keep attractions open and support those working in the sector. The funds are administered by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, further details can be found here  –

For the Canal & River Trust, 15 projects are being funded focussing on the replacement of lock gates, and lock and bridge repairs. This covers sites on the Coventry Canal, Grand Union Canal, Hertford Union Canal, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Shropshire Union Canal, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, and the Rivers Lee, Trent, and Weaver.

Invitation to Take Part in the DCMS Volunteers Survey

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are running an online survey to help them develop guidance for volunteer-involving organisations, groups, and bodies based in England. This is so that volunteering can be done safely and effectively during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of this guidance development, DCMS are inviting employees and volunteers from volunteer-involving organisations, groups, and bodies to complete a short survey, the results of which will be used to help ensure this guidance effectively meets the needs of its users.  The deadline for completing the survey is 5pm on Monday 12 October. Responses are restricted to individuals and organisations in England.

A link to the survey can be found here:

Historic England Climate Change & Cultural Heritage Webinar Series

Historic England have a range of free-to-watch webinars and one of the themes this autumn is climate change and cultural heritage. A growing number of industrial heritage sites are threatened not just by heavier rainfall, floods, and the consequent erosion, but by storms, heat waves, drought, and vegetation change.

‘Climate Friday’ is a series of webinars beginning 9th October focussing on the impact of climate change on heritage. Hosted by Historic England’s Environmental Strategy team, in collaboration with the Climate Heritage Network, they will provide delegates with an in-depth look at a range of topics related to climate change and cultural heritage presented by international experts in heritage and climate change research, policy and practice.

The first one is entitled ‘Thinking about interrelationships between the climate crisis and heritage’. Sign up here:

The Upper Furnace pool at Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge. Historic water management systems like these are vulnerable to sudden climate events.

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants Now Open

Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants are now open for applications. The National Lottery Project Grants scheme is the Arts Council England’s (ACE) open access programme for arts, museums, and libraries projects. The fund supports thousands of individual artists, community, and cultural organisations.

With a closing date of April 2021, this round of £59.8 million funding focuses on the needs of smaller independent organisations and individual practitioners, such as industrial sites and museums. ACE have published supplementary guidance that outlines these changes. The fund will also focus more on activities that give organisations the time to think, plan, and test new ideas. For the first time with this fund, Arts Council England are investing in activity where the route to public engagement may take longer, and may take place beyond the boundaries of the activities being applied for. The usual requirement to provide 10% match funding has been removed.

Details can be found by following this link:

A Village in Lockdown: Understanding the Impact of Covid-19 on Port Sunlight

IHN North West member Port Sunlight Village Trust (PSVT) has received a Covid-19 Emergency Response Fund grant from Historic England to understand and document the impact of Covid-19 on Port Sunlight and to identify ways to mitigate the threats and maximise the opportunities for the village’s heritage and its community.

The main focus of the project is a programme of stakeholder research and engagement that includes the village’s residential community – of tenants, owner-occupiers and landlords – as well as businesses, clubs and societies. PSVT now wishes to commission this important piece of work, which must conclude no later than 1st March 2021. The deadline for tender submission is 10am Thursday 24 September, 2020. For further information and to view the full brief, click here:

A village in lockdown: Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on Port Sunlight

The Heritage Alliance Launches the ‘Rebuilding Heritage’ Support Programme

The Heritage Alliance has launched, this September, a ‘Rebuilding Heritage’ support network. This is a free programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and will provide support to heritage individuals and organisations to enable them to respond and adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will draw on expertise from the Clore Leadership, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, Creative United, and Media Trust, to offer a programme of tailored support that will respond to sector feedback and changing circumstances.

The first round of support is themed ‘Ways Out Of Crisis’ and the details of the free webinars and support sessions will be announced at the end of September and available in October via the website at If you would like to receive updates on the programme development please sign up to the Rebuilding Heritage mailing list here.

BIAG Industrial Archaeology Twitter Conference, 15 Sept 2020

The Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group are holding a twitter conference on Tuesday 15 September 2020. This is part of the Heritage Open Day online events for 2020. This trail blazing event for local industrial archaeology groups, and HOD, starts at 4pm and runs to 7pm with seven papers on topics ranging from what is Industrial Archaeology to Berkshire’s Gas Industry. Our own Industrial Heritage Support Officer, Dr Mike Nevell, will be tweeting about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Industrial Heritage site. #BIAG20

The Programme is as follows:

  • 16.00 – I like it – tell me more: Getting into Industrial Archaeology– Jo
  • 16.15 – Saving a Revolution: Industrial Heritage and the Impact of COVID-19 – Mike
  • 16.45 – Surviving the Wrecking Ball: Industrial Buildings in Berkshire – Jo
  • 17.15 – Funiculars: The Ups and Downs of a leisure Transport Phenomenon – Victoria
  • 17.45 – Berkshire’s Gas Industry – Jo
  • 18.15 – Reading Cemetery: The Industrialisation of Death – John
  • 18.45 – The Conservation of Industrial Written Heritage – Jo

Full details here:

John Lang Construction Archive Photos Now Online

Historic England’s ‘Breaking New Ground’ project has now finished the digitisation of 10,000 images from the John Laing Photographic Collection, a project supported by the John Laing Charitable Trust. The project conserved, catalogued, and digitised the images from the company and made them freely available in the Historic England Archive online.

The John Laing building company began in 1848 when James Laing and his wife Ann, along with some employees, built a single house in Carlisle. It remained a family business until the construction side of the business was sold in 2001. John Laing constructed the UK’s first major motorway, the Second Severn Crossing, and Sizewell B power station. They also built a number of important post-war buildings such as Coventry Cathedral and the Preston Bus Station, and built much of Milton Keynes new town. Amongst the other industrial buildings they constructed are the Walls Ice Cream Factory in Gloucester, Patons and Baldwins Knitting Factory in Darlington, and the Shoreham Cement Works in West Sussex.

As well as highlighting the projects undertaken by the company, the images provide a valuable insight into the work and play of the lives of the workers and their families during the post-war 20th century building boom. Further information on the project, and how to view the images using an interactive map, can be found here –

Heritage Open Days 2020 Go Online

The cross-compound horizontal steam engine at Grane Mill, Haslingden, Lancashire, that used to power 11 looms. Open for HOD in 2020.

Each September, Heritage Open Days (HOD) highlights places of historical interest, providing free access or conducted tours to the public. This includes a significant number of industrial heritage sites. This year’s HOD is still going ahead but with many places providing online events, such as the Etruria Industrial Museum in Staffordshire and Stacey Arms drainage mill in Tunstall, Norfolk. For those sites still physically open constraints will be in place as a result of Covid-19.

Many industrial heritage sites not normally open to the public will be accessible, such as Bradwell Windmill in Buckinghamshire; Grane Textile Mill and Marsh Windmill both in Lancashire; Guns Mill in Gloucestershire; Newland Iron Furnace and Warwick Bridge corn mill, both in Cumbria; Stevens Windmill in Cambridgeshire; and Sunny Banks Mills in Leeds. Individual access details, booking directions, and appropriate COVID-19 protocols for each site can be found on the HOD website below.

You can find local places to visit from September 11-20th at