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

2nd Free Online East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology, 21 May 2022

Following the success of the “1st East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology: introducing the archaeology of the industrial society” in 2021, the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology (USTB, China), and the UK Association for Industrial Archaeology together with its Young Members Board are running a second online workshop focused on the work of young people in academic and professional industrial archaeology.

The East-West series of workshops aims to exchange ideas and knowledge among Western and Eastern colleagues to build a more international and diverse industrial archaeology. In order to broaden perspectives, this edition also includes Brazil and the Global South in the conversations.

THE SPEAKERS WILL BE:

Yuchen Wang (University of Science and Technology Beijing)
“Electronic industry heritage: the example of the Chinese display industry”

Otis Gilbert (Wessex Archaeology)
“Digging industrial Britain: two case studies from Sheffield and Normanton”

Mário Bruno Pastor (Portuguese Catholic University)
“The Millano’s woollen mills in Portugal: an archaeology of absence”

Tiago Silva Alves Muniz (Federal University of Pará)
“Rubber industrial complex and entanglements at Brazilian Amazon”

PLACE:
Zoom (online meeting).

DATE & TIME:
Saturday, 21 May 2022
06.30-08.30 (Brasilia time) / 10.30-12.30 (London and Lisbon time) / 17.30-19.30 (Beijing time).

REGISTRATION
Registration is free. Click below or scan the QR code to register via Eventbrite and receive the Zoom link.

Job Opportunities: Two Heritage Posts Available at Wigan Council

Wigan Council have two heritage posts available at the Council, with closing dates for applications on the 8th May 2022 and 8th June 2022. Wigan has a long industrial history and the council has some extensive industrial heritage collections. Further details here:

Lead Officer Museums  – temporary until 1 March 2024 – closing date 8th May 23:59 View Vacancy Details

Assistant Business Partner Archives – permanent – closing date 8th June 23:59 View Vacancy Details

AIA Young Members Board Looking for Next Round of Recruits


In July 2020, the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) established a Young Members Board (YMB) as a sub-committee of the Association, composed of early or mid-career people with an interest in industrial archaeology and heritage. The AIA recognize that the current demographic of both the membership and Council needs refreshing, and believe that by engaging with younger and more diverse people the Association can together better deliver the aim of the AIA to ‘give our past a future’.

The YMB provides an exciting new opportunity for you to work with like-minded people to influence the direction of the Association and industrial archaeology generally, raise your own profile, develop your personal skills and knowledge, build your CV, network with interesting and knowledgeable people, and take on real responsibility. They are now seeking the next round of new members to join the Board and fill vacancies in the YMB. This is a great way to take the Association and Industrial Archaeology forward.

To apply, please submit your CV and a short description of why you would like to join to:

ymbcontact@industrial-archaeology.org

Rebuilding Heritage Free Online Resources

Rebuilding Heritage have been expanding their online library of free digital resources for heritage organisations. These resources condense advice from dozens of expert consultants and are all publicly accessible from their website in the form of articles, case studies, webinars, and podcasts.

They are aimed specifically at heritage organisations emerging from Covid and cover the following topics:

•    Business & Enterprise Planning
•    Fundraising
•    Leadership & Governance
•    Mission and Vision
•    Marketing & Communications
•    Equality, Diversity, Inclusion
•    Wellbeing at Work
•    Managing Change

The entire catalogue can be found here.

Industrial Heritage Network Meetings for Spring 2022

The next round of Industrial Heritage Network meetings begins at the end of April 2022. The IHN networks are a chance to meet, online, those working, volunteering, or researching in the industrial heritage sector. There are ten regional groups and they are free to join. Members will have access to the latest Industrial Heritage news through the IHN e-bulletin (by-monthly), and will have the chance to promote their work through the IHN website and social media feeds, highlight initiatives and requests for help, or link up with similar sites in their region. Details on how to sign up are below.

This latest round of regional IHN meetings will look at how the post-COVID lockdown recovery is impacting industrial heritage sites, large and small. Is it business ‘as usual’ or has the COVID pandemic led to permanent changes in the way sites and organisations deal with the public and staff? How is your site coping with any maintenance backlog, recruiting volunteers, and reaching out to schools? We are keen to hear from individuals and sites about their experiences over the last six months.

To sign up to a regional IHN group email Dr Mike Nevell (IHSO officer) on: mike.nevell@ironbridge.org.uk

SPAB National Mills Weekend Back In-person for May 2022

This year’s National Mills Weekend, organised by SPAB (the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings), will take place on 7th & 8th May 2022. The theme for the first in-person event since 2019 will be ‘New Life for Old Mills’, celebrating the repair of wind and watermills for future generations to enjoy.

The National Mills Weekend will take place at wind and watermills across the UK and online on YouTube and SPAB Mills Section social media channels. The SPAB Mills Section is inviting everyone to share images of their own mill repair project on their social media channels. Let SPAB know about recent and historic repairs to your mill that has helped to make it possible for people to see, appreciate, and enjoy today. Also let SPAB would like to know if your mill has been affected by recent storms or if you are planning to open your mill to the public during this year’s National Mills Weekend for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. 

For the first time this year SPAB Scotland and the Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust will be hosting a dedicated Mills Weekend in Scotland on 7th & 8th May 2022. The weekend will bring together the Scottish Milling Community and will include talks, lectures, and tours on all topics from re-use of textile mills to flour production and hydro-power.

For more information on how to take part in the SPAB National Mills Weekend you can find an information and support pack here and a poster that can be customized and displayed in your mill here.

Bath Stone Quarry Museum Trust Looking for Help

The Bath Stone Quarry Museum Trust is a charity set up by the David Pollard 30 years ago.  Until his untimely death in September 2017 he had collected a large number of items, documents and photos relating to the quarrying and transport of Bath Stone with the eventual intention of opening a museum.  The collection is safely housed in an industrial unit at Corsham – which was the centre of the quarrying business in later years. 

Last year the AIA part funded the restoration of the Trust’s Stothert and Pitt crane which is destined for display on the Riverside at Bath close to the site of the Stothert & Pitt works. The trustees recently commissioned Dr Peter Stanier to assess the importance of the collection.  He found that the collection was the most complete of its kind and not only of local, regional but also national importance.  The collection is unique in including tools that would have been recognised by Roman quarry men right through to massive machines in operation into the 21st Century.  One of the trustees has been carefully cataloguing the collection and David’s widow, Nina Roberts, is now looking for help with that work as well for additional trustees who could take forward the vision of a museum.

If you can help please contact Nina Roberts here: nina@ninarobertsart.co.uk

Further details about this important collection can be found by following this link: https://bathnewseum.com/2022/01/12/the-building-blocks-of-bath/