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

Supporting, Sharing, Strengthening: AIM’s Annual Conference & AGM, 16-18 June 2021

What hard lessons are we learning in the face of the pandemic? Have our reflections resulted in changes for good? What skills or new ways of working have we developed – and might they help us prepare for an uncertain future? The Association of Independent Museums’ (AIM) virtual Conference faces these questions head on, helping delegates build on their organisational and personal strengths to meet the challenges of the future with confidence and creativity.

The annual conference will look at the importance of leadership and good governance during hard times, sharing the new ways of working we adopted and forecasting what next for the sector. From practical sessions to personal reflections, expert plenaries to virtual networking, the conference brings together delegates from across the UK for engaging sessions led by practitioners, professionals, experts, and policymakers. It will cover the latest insights and advice and encourage you to make new contacts, catch-up and share best practice, too. Conference programme details can be found here: AIM National Conference 2021 – AIM – Association of Independent Museums (aim-museums.co.uk). Booking here: Supporting, Sharing, Strengthening: AIM Conference 2021

AIM’s 2021  Annual General Meeting will also take place online at 13.30 on the first day of the the AIM Annual Conference, Wednesday 16th June.

For any queries do contact us on info@aim-museums.co.uk