27th Naval Dockyards Sociey Conference, April 2023

The Naval Dockyards Society are holding their annual conference on 12th April 2023 in-person at National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. The event will also be available on-line. The theme of this year’s conference is the ‘Economic and Social Impact of Dockyard & Shipyard Closures & Heritage Renewal: Lessons to be Learned‘.

Subjects to be covered include what are the social and economic effects of dockyard or shipyard closures on their communities – anywhere in the world? Are closure outcomes always negative, or can communities benefit from renewal? Speakers will analyse globally diverse post-closure routes.

Follow this link for booking details: https://navaldockyards.org/2023-conference/

Brunel: History, Conservation & Legacy Conference, November 2022

The SS Great Britian Trust is co-hosting the ‘Brunel: History, Conservation and Legacy’ conference on the 12th November 2022, organised by the Brunel Institute. This is the first major conference centred around I.K. Brunel and his legacy held since 2006.

This event is for transport and maritime historians and enthusiasts, engineers, researchers and anybody interested in architecture, design and the life and work of Brunel. Running from 9:30am to 5:00pm, it will feature contributions from Brunel historians, writers and engineers based around three themes:

  1. New historical perspectives around the life and work of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
  2. The ongoing conservation of Brunel’s architectural and engineering legacy
  3. Transforming Futures: Brunel’s engineering legacy in the 21st century and beyond

The event will be held in the Brunel Institute, a collaboration between the SS Great Britain Trust and the University of Bristol. The Institute houses one of the most important Brunel-related collections in the world.

To book follow this link: https://www.ssgreatbritain.org/things-to-do/brunel-history-conservation-legacy/

Industrial Heritage Fair, Essex, 1 October 2022

Details of this year’s Essex Industrial Heritage Fair, run by the Essex Industrial Archaeology Group, to be held on the 1st October, have been announced. The venue is the Silver End Village Hall, CM8 3RQ. Silver End was conceived as a model industrial village by the industrialist Francis Henry Crittall, who established a Crittall Windows Ltd factory there to manufacture components for metal windows in the 1920s.

Entrance to the Industrial Heritage Fair is free, and there is on-street car parking throughout the village. Light refreshments will be provided by the W.I. during the event and there are food outlets at the adjacent parade of shops. As well as talks, in the morning there will be two guided walks around the village, its factory and the model village housing. The programme is as follows:

10:00              Fair opens to the public

10:30              Welcome by Tony Crosby, Chairman of Essex Industrial Archaeology Group followed by the official opening of the Industrial Heritage Fair by Simon Brice D.L.

10:45 & 11:15 Guided walks around the village

1:45    Jackie Nesbitt: The history of Crittall’s and Silver End Village

2:30    Mike Tarbard: Bata shoe manufacturers and East Tilbury Village

3:15    Natalie Banks: The architecture of Silver End village

The Fair closes at 4:00 pm promptly.

Heritage Volunteering Conference 2022 – Tickets Now on Sale

Tickets for this year’s Heritage Volunteering Group Conference, #HeritageVolunteering22, on the 8th to 9th Novemberare now available. #HeritageVolunteering22 will explore how we make the most of our varied skills to build a new future for heritage volunteering.

The conference will open with a Keynote talk from Shaun Delaney, Head of Volunteering Strategy at DCMS. The rest of the conference will feature a combination of workshops, panel discussions, and the awarding of HVG’s Volunteer Leader of the Year Award. The full agenda is available on the Eventbrite page

General tickets are available at £25. Follow this link to buy your tickets: here.

#BeMoreDigitasl Conference 30 June 2022

Charity Digital are hosting their annual conference, #BeMoreDiguital, on 30th June 2022 in London, in person. The Charity Digital Conference is created by charities, for charities. It aims to help build confidence and skills for charities across the UK, regardless of their digital maturity or digital expertise. It is an opportunity to grow together, to learn from each other, and to ensure the sector’s collective success, and copuld be useful for those running industrial heritage sites.

The topics covered include sessions that touch on the following: fundraising and marketing; strategy, tech and data; impact; small charities; keynote session.

More details here: https://charitydigital.org.uk/topics/topics/join-us-for-the-bemoredigital-conference-2022-10141?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Marketing%20Newsletter

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

Industrial Archaeology Mini-Conference in Essex, April 2022

Essex County Council are holding are holding a mini-conference on Industrial Heritage on the 5th April 2022 at the East Anglian Railway Museum.  There will be a wide range of speakers plus a chance to look round the venue.

The day is aimed at anyone interested in industrial heritage and architecture, or those who are currently involved in the conservation or sustainable reuse of these kind of sites. The mini-conference will provide insight into a range of industrial typologies across Essex. 

The venue, at the East Anglian Railway Museum, was part of the branch line from Marks Tey to Sudbury which crosses the impressive Chappel viaduct. This site is now run as a museum, and is still a working railway station. It is well known for its open days and events, which reveal a rich history. There will be time within the day to explore this impressive site.

Talks will cover water, gas, electric industries, maltings, and breweries, daylight factories, and the challenges of recording and preserving 20th century industrial heritage. The speakers include: Wayne Cocroft of Historic England; Tony Crosby, Chairman of the Essex Industrial Archaeology Group; Tim Murphy, Historic Environment Manager at Place Services for Essex; Mike Tarbard of the Bata Heritage Centre and David Ridler manager of the former Bata factory site; and Elphin Watkin, presient of the Herts & Essex Architectural Society.

Booking and costs here: https://www.placeservices.co.uk/courses/conservation/industrial-heritage/

AIM Annual Conference Back in Person for 2022

The AIM annual conference is returning to a physical event this summer, with the venue being Port Sunlight, on the Wirral peninsula. Supported by headline sponsors, Hayes Parsons Insurance Brokers, the conference will run over two days, Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June.

This year’s conference theme is ‘Making it happen’ with museum colleagues from across the UK exploring the vision for independent museums as we recover from the challenges of the pandemic. Sessions will highlight how to implement the changes sector debates call for, with practical and relevant examples from museums of all shapes and sizes. As ever with AIM Conference, delegates can look forward to a schedule packed with inspirational and practical advice, debate, and discussion.

Tickets are on sale now with early bird rates for AIM members. More details here: https://aim-museums.co.uk/aim-national-conference-2022/

HTN 2021 Conference: Recovery, Sustainability, Wellbeing

Join the Heritage Trust Network for their 2021 Conference in person as part of the Coventry City of Culture and online, on the 11th, 19th & 20th November 2021. The Heritage Trust Network are a membership organisation for community heritage across the UK and their members come together once a year to discuss their projects. This year the speakers will focus on how sites and organisations can develop their projects and approaches to heritage regeneration whilst thinking about our environmental impact, our people, and our long term survival.

The event will include four elements, an online day of talks, an in-person day of workshops, the annual conference dinner, and a day of tours with site visits. You can join them for any and all parts of the conference. In order to provide a fully engaged experience for all attendees, the online event (11th November) will be 100% online, and the in-person events (19th to 20th November) will be 100% in-person. You will be contacted before the event to select your workshop and tour choices.

There are free tickets for students and apprentices and funded bursaries to help anyone who would find travel/accommodation costs prohibitive, particularly young people, those at the start of their career, changing career and those who are out of work. #HTNConf21

Details on how to book can be found here: https://htnconference.eventbrite.co.uk

‘Snapshot in Time’ Online Conference on Industrial & Transport Heritage

The “Snapshot in Time: photography and industrial heritage” free online conference, 17 November, will discuss the importance of photography as a documentation and advocacy tool for industrial and transport heritage. It is organised by The Scottish Transport and Industry Collections and Knowledge network with speakers from Scotland and England, and beyond.

Topics and speakers include:

  • Photography and Industry – an evolution through time by David Mitchell, Historic Environment Scotland
  • The use of photographs for education, outreach and advocacy by Miriam McDonald, Historic Environment Scotland
  • James O Davies, Historic England
  • Recording Cottam: Photographic recording of coal-fired electricity generation by Ben Russell, Science Museum
  • The Sir William Arrol Collection – iconic photographs on the brink of oblivion by Miles Oglethorpe, Historic Environment Scotland
  • Exploiting photographs within a mixed collection by Carol Morgan, Institute of Civil Engineers
  • D Bruce McCowan, Professional Engineers Ontario

Booking details and a fuller programme can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/snapshot-in-time-photography-and-industrial-heritage-tickets-189836645517