Conservation & Research Grants: Deadline for AIA Applications 31 March 2020

The deadline for the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s conservation and research grant schemes, 31st March 2020, is fast approaching.

Conservation Grants

The Lion Salt Works salt wagon, before conservation with monies for the AIA in 2014.

Thanks to a series of donations the Association for Industrial archaeology can make available Restoration Grants of up to £20,000 for a range of historic and industrial archaeology purposes.

The first awards were made in 2009, and they have since been able to allocate nearly three quarters of a million pounds. Details of some of those projects can be found in the link below.  From 2020 onwards the available Grants pot is divided into two categories:

  • Major projects where the maximum grant that can be awarded is £20,000. The grant from the AIA must be a significant part of the total project cost, not just a small contribution to a very large project, so that the AIA grant has real impact. The AIA would not normally fund projects where our grant represents less than 20% of the total project costs
  • Small projects which are allocated at least 20% of the available funds. The grant limit is £7,500, for which the total cost of the project, excluding the value of volunteer labour, must not exceed £10,000.

Download Criteria and How to Apply for a Restoration Grant can be found here:

Research Grants

AIA_Student_Poster2020The research grant scheme underpins the study aim of the Association which is to promote the study, preservation and presentation of Britain’s industrial archaeology and heritage. It does that by:

  • Encouraging individual researchers to study industrial archaeology subjects
  • Encouraging the development of industrial archaeology skills within commercial units, the main repository of professional skills in the subject
  • Supporting local industrial archaeology and industrial heritage societies in exploring and understanding their local areas
  • Helping to develop the next generation of industrial archaeologists

The total fund available in any single year is £1,500 and multiple grants may be given up to this maximum in a single year. The AIA may consider part-funding a wider grant application or project as long as the AIA grant is a significant part of the larger application / project. Follow the link below for an application form:

If you have any further questions please contact the coordinator:

AIM Guidance on Coronovirus (COVID-19)

Many industrial museums, and local and regional industrial archaeology and heritage societies are now feeling the impact of the growing Coronovius (COVID-19) crisis. The Association of Independent Museums has issued some guidance that is relevant not just for independent museums but for all those individuals and groups involved with industrial archaeology and heritage sites:

There are links to key websites on medical advice for individuals and workplaces; supporting your organisation; charity finances; and a business resilience check list.

As ever, the primary concern is to ensure the well-being of museum staff, local society members, volunteers, and visitors as the situation with Coronavirus or COVID-19 evolves, so for the very latest information, check the guidance available on the Public Health England and NHS websites here:


New IHSO now in post – March 2020

Our new Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England, Dr Mike Nevell, started on 2nd March and is looking forward to meeting and talking to all the members of the industrial heritage networks over the next few months.

Mike has over 25 years of experience in industrial archaeology and industrial heritage. His previous post was Head of Centre, at the Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford. He might be familiar to some, though, through his past roles as a Trustee of the Council for British Archaeology and co-editor of the Association for Industrial Archaeology’s international journal, Industrial Archaeology Review. He has been involved with many local groups and local museums over the last three decades, and has occasionally appeared on archaeology television programmes. Mike’s specialist areas include stationary steam engines, textile mills, warehouses and workers’ housing, and the archaeology of industrialisation, on which subjects he has published extensively.

Mike can be emailed at, and his personal blog is available at Don’t forget to follow the IHSO project on twitter @IHSOengland and on Facebook  –

Pastures new for Joanna Turska (IHSO)

After 16 months, in my role as the Industrial Heritage Support Officer (IHSO), I’m leaving Ironbridge to join the Canal & River Trust as the Destinations Development Officer for West Midlands. My last day is this Friday, the 30th August so please do get in touch if you have any questions before then. After Friday, please contact my line manager, Gillian Crumpton (details below).

Although I’m leaving, I’m delighted to let you know that the following Industrial Heritage Network meetings are going ahead without external support:

  • 18th September – IHN Cornwall & Devon at SS Freshspring (please contact the host directly if you’re interested in attending – click here for details).
  • 8th October – IHN West Midlands at Etruria Industrial Museum (please contact the host directly if you’re interested in attending – click here for details).
  • 8th November – IHN South East at the National Museum of the Royal Navy (please contact the host directly if you’re interested in attending – click here for details)

The following meetings will go ahead in the Spring once the new IHSO has been appointed:

  • IHN South West at the Westonzoyland Pumping Station
  • IHN North West at the British Commercial Vehicles Museum
  • IHN North East at the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Hartlepool

The following inaugural meetings will take place as soon as the new IHSO has been appointed:

  • IHN East Midlands at the Nottingham Industrial Museum
  • IHN East of England at the Burwell Museum & Windmill
  • IHN Yorkshire at the Leeds Industrial Museum.

IHN London at the House Mill – date TBC.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT) is currently looking into a replacement IHSO. In the meantime if you have any queries please get in touch with IGMT’s Collections and Learning Director, Gillian Crumpton:

I’ve had a truly interesting and rewarding time as the IHSO and I would like to thank you for your support. Hopefully our paths will cross again in the future!