Since 2009, the Association for Industrial Archaeology has been supporting the industrial heritage sector through its Restoration Grants scheme. The £116,000 distributed this year brings the total amount of grants made since the scheme started in 2009 to almost £1.2million. The AIA is incredibly proud to be able to support the preservation and promotion of industrial heritage in this way.
13 applications were received for 2022 and as in most previous years, transport-related projects predominated. The recipients of the major grants for this year were:
- Kent and Sussex Railway: 1930s GWR railcar
- Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre (Leicestershire): 1834 Robert Stephenson lifting railway bridge
- Canal and River Trust: Butter Brothers derrick crane, Worcester
- Black Country Living Museum: steam-powered narrowboat President
- Worcester Locomotive Society: Kitson saddle tank locomotive, Carnarvon
In addition, small grants were made for restoration work at Wingfield Station, Derbyshire, and for the lifeboats on the Dundee lightship North Carr.
For more details follow this link to the AIA website: https://industrial-archaeology.org/index.php/aia-awards/restoration-grants/