How to Publish Your Industrial Archaeology and Heritage Research – Free AIA Event

Want to know how to get your industrial archaeology and heritage work published and make an impact with your research? The Association for Industrial Archaeology Young Members Board are hosting a one hour seminar with speakers from Publishers Taylor & Francis alongside the Editors of the Industrial Archaeology Review on 23rd April 2021. This will be followed by a 30 minute Q & A where you get to ask the experts!

This free event is aimed at students and early-career professionals in the fields of history, heritage, archaeology, and engineering, but it will also be a great event for anyone, especially industrial archaeology and heritage volunteers, who wants to brush up on academic publishing best practice.

The event is free, but you will need to register. A link to the booking page can be found here: How to get Published and Make an Impact Tickets, Fri 23 Apr 2021 at 19:00 | Eventbrite

Land Transport Archives Network

The Land Transport Archives Network (LTAN) was formed in 2020 as an informal mutual-support group for the creators, custodians, and users of archives relating to any aspect of any form of land transport. Historic objects relating to transport are covered by a number of Sector Support Organisations in the museums sector, but there is a noticeable gap in the support available for the related Archive collections. LTAN, alongside the Aviation, and Aerospace Archives Initiative (AAAI), aims to help address this gap.

To date, two virtual meetings have been held, with the next due in late February. The network is still in the early stages of its development, but has already decided on a series of aims moving forwards, including expanding on the work of the former TRAP project to map the location and extent of land transport collections.

A website for the network was launched in mid-January and can be viewed at https://ltan.info . This includes guidance for custodians of archives, which is aimed at non-professionals caring for the records of their own organisation and/or more general heritage material, so could be of great assistance to heritage railways, museums, and historical societies.

Adapting to New Communication Forms in the Age of COVID-19: London IHN meeting, October 2020

As announced in the summer of 2020, the Industrial Heritage Network meetings have gone online. The first online meeting was held on 25th October 2020 by the IHN London group.  18 people joined that meeting and the current IHSO, Michael Nevell, brought everyone up-to-date with the project and some of the impacts of COVID-19. Shane Gould of Historic England and Helen O’Hara of London Museum Development talked about current developments relating to Industrial Heritage and resources available to London-based groups.

Mike noted that in October, 18 industrial heritage organisations in London & the South East received £4.67 million from the Cultural Recovery Fund. This was split into £1.32m from Arts Council England and £3.35m from Historic England. The grants were to support a variety of industrial heritage sites including the Kent & East Sussex Railway, London Transport Museum, and Waltham Abbey. Members then discussed how the COVID-19 pandemic has  impacted their work from volunteering to maintenance and visitor numbers. 

One of the themes to emerge from the two hour meeting was the role of new online communication and interaction, this being the first IHN to meet online via the ZOOM platform. As part of this discussion, Oliver Pearcy from the London Museum of Water and Steam noted that they had been using an online booking system for visitors post-lockdown. Martin Wicks from the Kempton Steam Museum reported that they had been using an Instagram account to reach out and engage with members of the public. And Mary Mills of the Greenwich Industrial Historical Group noted that they had used a variety of online forms of communication during lockdown which had produced a good response from members and non-members. There was also some debate about the value of online meetings versus in person, experiential, meetings, many people noting that the two serve slightly different purposes and audiences.

With that in mind, the next IHN London meeting, online, will be in 2021. Hopefully an in-person meeting with remote access, will follow later in 2021.

IHN Meetings Go Online

The Industrial Heritage Network meetings are going online. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic set to continue well into 2021 we have been experimenting with a shorter online version of our regional meetings. After a successful London trial last month (October) we are now developing a programme of meetings for delivery over the winter and early spring. In the longer term we hope to adopt a blended delivery for IHN meetings, alternating online meetings with in-person site visits.

The online meetings are shorter than our normal networking days, at just two hours. In the first part there will be several short presentations, followed in the second part of the meeting by a round-table (or should that be screen) discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on our members. The dates for the next two Industrial Heritage Network meetings are as follows:

Friday 20th November – IHN North West

Friday 4th December – IHN West Midlands

Regional members will receive an email invitation with details of how to log into the meeting. Further dates for IHN meetings will be published at the end of the year. Any queries please contact the IHSO on: mike.nevell@ironbridge.org.uk

Creative & Cultural Skills Recruitment Trends Survey

Creative & Cultural Skills, supported by the National Skills Academy and Arts Council England, supports the UK cultural sector by shaping skills, education and employment best practice. Creative & Cultural Skills aims to provoke action and enable learning opportunities that drive change and help to build an inclusive skilled sector (https://www.ccskills.org.uk/).

As part of their COVID-19 work they are running an online survey about skills recruitment trends, closing Wednesday 11 November. With the introduction of youth employment support mechanisms throughout the UK, Creative & Cultural Skills wishes to better understand the sector’s recruitment culture in order to help it recover and build back, better. This survey therefore seeks to collect data on the entry routes for new recruits currently supported by organisations in the cultural sector and the development of the talent pipeline through options such as apprenticeships, internships and work experience. The information you provide will be used by Creative & Cultural Skills and relevant partners to inform programmes of support for the sector, and relevant collated findings will be published.

Contribute to the survey via this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/M2RDNW8

The Heritage Alliance Launches the ‘Rebuilding Heritage’ Support Programme

The Heritage Alliance has launched, this September, a ‘Rebuilding Heritage’ support network. This is a free programme funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and will provide support to heritage individuals and organisations to enable them to respond and adapt to the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. It will draw on expertise from the Clore Leadership, the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, Creative United, and Media Trust, to offer a programme of tailored support that will respond to sector feedback and changing circumstances.

The first round of support is themed ‘Ways Out Of Crisis’ and the details of the free webinars and support sessions will be announced at the end of September and available in October via the website at www.rebuildingheritage.org.uk. If you would like to receive updates on the programme development please sign up to the Rebuilding Heritage mailing list here.

COVID-19 Emergency Funding & Support Round Up: 27/04/20

Here is a round-up of the latest advice and guidance, and a reminder about funding streams, for the museum and heritage sector at the end of April 2020.

The Audience Agency COVID-19 Digital SOS (24th April) is offering one-to-one support to help build your organisation’s resilience and improve your digital effectiveness. This is part of their Culture in the Time of Corona Resource Hub.

Charity Finance Group – Coronavirus and your charity (23rd April)
have added guidance on how to manage financial difficulties, fundraising appeals and VAT deferral.

Association of Independent Museums Coronavirus resources (21st April) have a page on their website dedicated to coronavirus resources, including the Job Retention Scheme, HR and insurance advice, and an offer of online advice surgeries to support museums during the pandemic. AIM have also introduced ‘AIM Hallmarks at Home’ series of webinars for members.

The latest DCMS Museums & galleries sector coronavirus bulletin can be found here: Coronavirus bulletin 20200420 (20th April 2020)Gov.uk Find coronavirus financial support for your business
has a flow chart that will help identify what Government financial support might be available for your museum.

Cultural Sector Mindset survey
A Different View, working with AIM and Blooloop, is running a survey that aims to take the temperature on where organisations are now, and again in the future. The purpose of this is twofold:

  1. the survey will gather ‘mindset’ data to gauge the mood of organisations – and how it might change as this crisis works its way through
  2. the survey will gather information on perceived/expected impacts of the COVID closure, and how these might change the way organisations operate and shape delivery in the future. The survey should take five minutes to complete and is here

Keeping Up-to-Date with the Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Industrial Heritage

The current health crisis is having a severe impact on all our lives. We are having to learn to do things differently and in some cases not to do things at all. The industrial heritage and archaeology sector is no different. Museums are closed, access to buildings, monuments, and landscapes restricted, and many professional archaeology units and specialist heritage architectural practices closed or highly restricted in the work they can undertake. Furthermore, there is a blizzard of advice and a growing number of potential sources of funding that might be useful for industrial heritage bodies, charities, groups, and societies.

How to navigate this new landscape is something we are all facing. Buildings, monuments, and collections still need maintaining. We can still learn from others experiences, even if that is remotely. The IHSO project aims to keep you informed in these difficult times through a variety of online means:

We are using our Facebook pages for regular (sometimes daily) updates about new initiatives, funding and advice. Please join in the conversation here – we’d like to hear how you and your group and site are coping: https://www.facebook.com/IHSOengland/

On twitter we are sharing on a daily basis as many experiences from as many industrial heritage and archaeology sites and groups as we can. Follow us @IHSOengland

We also have a dedicated website for the IHSO project which we are using as the main platform for regular updates on funding, advice, potential training opportunities and calls to take part in surveys. You can sign up for regular blog alerts about posts here by scrolling down the page and clinking on the ‘Subscribe’ button:   https://industrialheritagesupport.com/

We shall also be updating regularly these Industrial Heritage Network pages about future meetings and initiatives.  If you have news about your organisation, requests for help, or advice to pass on, we can post updates here on our IHN regional webpages.

There will come a time later in the year when we can meet face-to-face again. Until then we shall do as much networking as we can remotely.