The inaugural meeting of the Industrial Heritage Network East Midlands group took place online on the 30th July 2021. 18 people joined the meeting, representing 10 industrial heritage sites from across the region.
The current IHSO, Mike Nevell, introduced the project and talked about some of the impacts of COVID-19 since March 2020, and Shane Gould of Historic England discussed some of the wider recent strategic developments relating to Industrial Heritage. IHN East Midlands members then discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their work from volunteering to maintenance and visitor numbers. Several East Midlands industrial heritage sites have received Cultural Recovery Fund monies, whilst others have received financial support from several local authorities. Volunteer support amongst those attending the meeting had remained strong. However, it was noted that not all East Midlands industrial heritage sites had re-opened by the end of July 2021.
Other topics discussed included the continued restoration of several sites (such as Wingfield Station), and growing problems from climate change, Strutts Mill on the River Derwent, for instance, having been recently flooded.
The next IHN East Midlands meeting will be in early 2022, and at some stage in person. A dedicate members directory page for the IHN East Midlands is now live, elsewhere on this website. If you would like to join the IHN East Midlands, add details to the members directory page, or highlight forthcoming events, please email the IHSO.