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!

Join the Brunel Swivel Bridge 170th Birthday Celebrations!

The Brunel Swivel Bridge, dubbed ‘Brunel’s Other Bridge’, is a remarkable survival of one of Brunel’s most original concepts, a pivoting bridge that once crossed his new lock at the entrance to Bristol City Harbour.  It is much older than the Clifton Suspension Bridge, and is still in place but is now derelict, the only piece of Brunel’s work to have been abandoned in the City.

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Inaugural meeting of the Industrial Heritage Network South East (IHNSE) – beginning of another great partnership

Last Friday, another Industrial Heritage Network took the first step towards creating robust, peer to peer support for industrial heritage sites and organisations throughout the region. The inaugural meeting of the Industrial Heritage Network South East (IHNSE) took place on a beautiful, sunny day at Amberley Museum. The IHNSE brought together a variety of members and joined the family of Industrial Heritage Networks (IHNs) across England.

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Final Days of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Coronet Crowdfunder

Historic England’s crowd-funding appeal to raise funds towards the restoration of the Jubilee Coronet at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings closes in a matter of days and they still need your help to reach their target.

As the world’s first iron-framed building in the world, the Main Mill is an extraordinary example of the nation’s industrial heritage, embodying significant changes in factory design and structural engineering. The Main Mill was the first fireproof, multi-storey structure of its kind and is known as the grandparent of the modern day skyscraper.

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