Join the AIA Young Members Board

In July 2020, the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) established a Young Members Board (YMB) as a sub-committee of the Association, comprising early or mid-career people with an interest in industrial heritage. The AIA recognises the current demographic of both the membership and Council, and believe that by engaging with younger, more diverse, people they can together better deliver the aim of the Association to ‘give our industrial past a future’.

The YMB provides an exciting new opportunity for individuals 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.

The YMB are seeking new members to join them and fill vacancies on the Board. To apply, please submit your CV and a short description of why you would like to joint to: ymbcontact@industrial-archaoelogy.org by 31sdt May 2021.

Coldharbour Mill Seeks a New Chair of Trustees

Coldharbour Woolen Mill, Devon. Image courtesy of the Coldharbour Mill Trust.

Coldharbour Mill Trust is seeking someone with a solid background and understanding of the heritage sector to take on a leading role on their board of trustees, who support Coldharbour Mill in their charitable mission. As the current chair retires this year – this provides an exciting opportunity for someone to join the committed board of trustees in creating a sustainable future for this heritage attraction.

Until 2020 the listed Coldharbour Mill in Devon had been on target to meet the objectives of their strategic plan and had done so in the previous two years. Then the pandemic hit and it was touch and go for their survival. However the Chief Executive, Martin Halse and a number of volunteers managed to secure over £300,000 of funding through to March 2021, with further applications in progress.

The impact of the pandemic has resulted in a complete review of the strategic plans for Coldharbour Mill and during the course of 2021 they are embarking on the charities biggest ever consultation on the future of Coldharbour Mill to ensure its resilience and relevance to stakeholders old and new.

The chair will be the leading voice of our board whose responsibility it is to secure a bright future for this nationally significant historic site. The Chair will lead the Board and the organisation externally at an exciting time in the 230 year history of the Mill as we prepare for the next 200 years. The Trust is now taking applications for the post of Chair. More information can be found at: Chair of Trustees – Coldharbour Mill Museum

Culture Recovery Fund For Heritage Round 2 Now Open

A second round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is now open. This fund is part of the rescue package announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across England from the continuing economic impact of COVID-19.

This latest round of funding looks forward to next spring and early summer when it is expected that cultural organisations will be able to operate with fewer restrictions. Over £300 million of grants will be available, covering the period April-June 2021, to support cultural organisations with the costs they will face as they welcome back visitors and customers.

Historic England are working in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to distribute £36 million of this Government funding to organisations in England, based on criteria set by DCMS. This second round will offer grants of between £10,000 and £3 million to support organisations to make the transition towards full reopening. The fund will be open for applications from Thursday 7 January 2021 and organisations can apply any time from then until Tuesday 26 January 2021. 

Follow the link here for application details: Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage: Second Round | The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage: Second Round Opens 7 January 2021


Part of the rescue package announced by DCMS earlier this month (December 2020) is specifically to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across England from the economic impact of COVID-19. The second round of the Culture Recovery Fund looks forward to next spring and early summer when it is expected (hoped) that cultural organisations will be able to operate with fewer restrictions.
Over £300million of grants will be available, covering the period April-June, to support cultural organisations with the costs they will face as they welcome back visitors.

Grants for Heritage

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing £36m of this government funding to organisations in England, in partnership with Historic England, based on criteria set by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This second round will offer grants of between £10,000 and £3m to support organisations to make the transition towards full reopening. The fund will be open for applications from 7 January 2021 and you can apply any time from then until 26 January 2021.

Repayable Finance

The other element of Culture Recovery Fund support available is Repayable Finance, which has a budget of up to £100m. Culture Recovery Fund 2: Repayable Finance allocations have a lower limit of £1m and no upper limit. Both not-for-profit and commercial organisations will be able to apply.

The guidelines for applications to both funds from the 7 January 2021 can be accessed via this link:
https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/culture-recovery-fund-heritage-second-round

Heritage Alliance to Launch ‘Heritage, Health and Wellbeing’ Report

The Heritage Alliance will be launching their ‘Heritage, Health and Wellbeing’ report on September 28th at a virtual event. The report explores the positive impact heritage can have on individual and community wellbeing, analysing existing work and several case studies, with recommendations.

The event will discuss these recommendations and hear from a number of speakers from across the heritage sector about their experiences in integrating wellbeing into their work. There will also be an opportunity for audience Q&A. Booking here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/heritage-health-and-wellbeing-report-launch-tickets-116203883945

Mills Development Conference Online

There is still time (just) to join the online Mills Development Conference on 4th August from 9am to 2.30pm. Mills were one of the drivers of the industrial revolution within the UK – but now thousands of mills lay derelict and underutilised. This event will delve into the incredible opportunities they present to help drive economic growth and tackle the housing crisis. Mill owners, regional authorities, regeneration experts and major developers will all come together to discuss their future projects and how those in the audience can get involved.

Link here for booking: https://www.built-environment-networking.com/event/mills-development-conference-online/

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: gillian.crumpton@ironbridge.org.uk.

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!