Barnsley Museum Launches 3D Fly-through of Elsecar Industrial Village

Barnsley Museum have launched a fly-through reconstruction of the 19th century Elsecar industrial village. The stunning fly-through is a digital rendering showing Elsecar and the surrounding area at its industrial peak around 1880 with ironworks, collieries, canals, railways and settlements all visible.

Prepared by Barnsley Museum and produced by digital creator Martin Moss of Dextra Digital, it is based on research carried out by Historic England as part of the Elsecar Heritage Action Zone, together with local volunteer historians and experts across the UK, which has transformed our understanding of the importance of Elsecar. It is also a legacy project of the Great Place Wentworth & Elsecar Programme, supported by Arts Council England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

To view the fly-through follow this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KYqMX5EfGs

A reconstruction of the Elsecar Ironworks around 1880. Image courtesy of Barnsley Museum

North Pennines AONB Partnership Looking For Historic Environment Project Manager

The North Pennines AONB Partnership is looking for an organised and experienced project manager with a background in management of the historic environment and in community engagement, to lead the development stage of its new lead mining heritage project – Land of Lead and Silver.

Land of Lead and Silver is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England. The project focuses on lead mining heritage of the North Pennines, and on the skills required to record, conserve, maintain and interpret this heritage for future generations. It starts with the stories associated with this heritage and aims to tell these stories in ways which connect with new audiences, building support for this heritage and recruiting volunteers for the future.

Subject to successfully securing funding from NLHF for the delivery stage of the project, the contract would be extended for a further four years.  Please follow this link for more information and to apply:

https://www.northeastjobs.org.uk/job/Project_Manager_Historic_Environment_Officer_/225940

Made in Smethwick Community Project Looking for Volunteers

DigVentures is working with Chance Heritage Trust to host ‘Made in Smethwick’ – a lively series of events and interactive projects taking place this summer that explore the industrial heritage of Smethwick and the surrounding area. The programme is free and open to anyone to join, and includes in person walks, talks, guided visits, workshops, as well as online events – and even an interactive online mapping project that everyone can contribute to!

See all upcoming events and register for free: https://chanceht.org/events/

Note – all events have multiple dates throughout May, June, and July.

Join the Interactive The Chance Lighthouse Map Project

Nearly 2,500 lighthouses around the world were fitted with a lens made at the Chance Brothers & Co glassworks in Smethwick. Where did they end up? And how did they shaped the modern world? Dig Ventures are working with the Chance Trust want your help to map their locations, and record the historical and technical detail that bring their stories to life.

Everyone who signs up will be given training, and have the option to join us for a weekly ‘Lighthouse Lesson’. Whether you’re already a lighthouse aficionado, or simply curious about a new aspect of industrial heritage, this is an opportunity to learn new skills and put them to good use.

Find out more about this interactive project, and how you can join in: https://digventures.com/product/the-chance-lighthouse-map/

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.


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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

Historic England Announce New Everyday Heritage Grants

Men working at a Stoke-on-Trent bottle kiln, 1965-68. Copyright Historic England.

Historic England’s new ‘Everyday Heritage Grants: Celebrating Working Class Histories’ will fund community-led and people-focused projects that aim to further the nation’s collective understanding of the past. These pilot grants will focus on heritage that links people to overlooked historic places, with a particular interest in recognising and celebrating working class histories.

From palaces to terraced houses, stately homes to barns, our towns and landscapes are filled with symbols of our past. But not everyone’s stories are told and not everyone’s history is remembered. The Everyday Heritage Grants Scheme aims to engage with the widest possible range of heritage and helps to further the nation’s collective understanding of England’s past. Historic England are inviting applications from community or heritage organisations/museums to apply for grants up to £25,000 to fund projects that will celebrate the built or historic environment near them.

Each project should enable people to creatively share overlooked or untold stories of the places where they live and encourage communities, groups and local people to examine and tell their own stories in their own ways.

Historic England is also looking for projects that provide innovative volunteering opportunities for young people or people facing loneliness or isolation, as well as contribute positively to participants’ wellbeing.

As a result of these funded projects, heritage and stories that have been previously overlooked will be recognised and revealed, with buildings or historic sites acting as the inspiration. People will be able to tell their own stories, in their own way, and be encouraged to connect with others in their local communities.

The Application window opens on the 23rd February 2022 and closes on 23rd May 2022. For more information about the project and how to apply, please visit the Historic England website here https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/news/grants-to-uncover-nations-hidden-working-class-heritage/ or email EverydayHeritage@HistoricEngland.org.uk  

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/

Latest Heritage Grants Update for Industrial Sites, January 2022


Arts Council England

The application window for the Emergency Resource Support Fund, through the Culture Recovery Fund, has been extended. This is designed to support arts and heritage organisations through the impact of the Omicron variant this winter. A further £30 million has been made available by the UK Government. This fund aims to provide emergency funding awards to organisations that were financially sustainable before Covid-19 but are now at imminent risk of failure and have exhausted all other options for increasing their resilience.
Deadline extended to 18th January 2022 to submit a permission to apply

National Heritage Lottery

A variety of grant funding streams are now open through the National Heritage Lottery. These include the National Lottery Project Grants, which is an open access programme for arts, libraries, and museum projects. NLPG is a rolling programme, so applications can be made at any time. Decisions on applications for £30,000 or less take 8 weeks, decisions for over £30,000 take 12 weeks.

The Unlocking Collections grant stream is a time-limited priority fund within the National Lottery Project Grants portfolio aimed at enabling museums to develop their collections-based work and increase public engagement with, and use of, their collections. Applications accepted until November 2022.

The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is designed to support voluntary and community organisations who want to deliver creative activity as part of Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Deadline 28th February 2022.

Association for Industrial Archaeology

The AIA’s annual round of grants and awards is open. There are a variety of grants available (including community, research, and travel bursaries), as well as awards ranging from conservation and adaptive re-use, to publications: see here: https://industrial-archaeology.org/aia-awards/ The deadline for most is 31st January 2022. However, the Restoration Grants deadline is 31st March 2022.

Forncett Industrial Steam Museum Appeal Success

In the summer of 2021 the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum launched an urgent funding appeal. This was for £14,000 to cover the cost of replacing the old steam pipework feeding some of the 18 full-sized steam engines on display, and getting this new system certificated.

The IHN East of England member launched an on-line appeal in June 2021 and this has now (October 2021) reached its target, with support coming from the friends of the museum and various other supporters. These funds will allow the steam pipeline system to be replaced over the winter, giving time for it to be certificated for full steaming in Spring 2022.

Hick Hargreaves engine, manufacture din Bolton, on display the Forncett Industrial Steam Museum.

Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Job Opportunity

Founded in 1967, the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Ltd is a registered charity whose twin aims are education and heritage conservation. The Trust cares for 35 scheduled monuments and listed buildings within the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and operates 10 award winning museums. They collectively tell the story of the Ironbridge Gorge’s universal significance and its unique role in the development of the Industrial Revolution. The museums receive around 450,000 visits a year including 60,000 school visits.

The Trust is looking to recruit a creative, dynamic, and forward-looking Collections and Learning Director, who will join the Museum at a pivotal moment for the organisation as it reopens following the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Collections and Learning Director post is being remodelled with an added emphasis on industrial heritage expertise. There are several exciting projects underway and the postholder will be required to contribute to them and the strategic collections and learning plan.

The Collections and Learning Director will be a key member of the Senior Management Team and there is real opportunity for the postholder to come in and contribute to the vision of Ironbridge in a post-2020 cultural landscape.

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