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.

New Resources from Historic England on the Industrial Heritage of the Gas Industry

Gas holders near Kings Cross, London. Image courtesy of Historic England.

A new Historic England web page provides links to a recently published detailed history of the manufactured gas industry with a comprehensive gazetteer, an Introduction to Heritage Assets document, and guidance on recording gas works and holders.

The works for the manufacture of town gas from coal were once widespread in the 19th and 20th centuries, and their distinctive gas holders are some of the most recognisable historic industrial structures in Britain. These manufacturing sites produced lighting and energy for industry, as well as providing domestic lighting, heating, and energy for cooking. Visually, gas works dominated the skylines of many villages, towns, and cities until the end of the 20th century.

To explore this extensive resource further follow this link:


#AskACurator Returns as #AskAMuseum in September 2022

The annual social media day #AskACurator, which began in 2010 as a way for the public to ask questions directly to museums, galleries and archives around the world, has been renamed #AskAMuseum. This is in order order to better represent all those working in museums.

The 2022 event will take place on Wednesday 14 September, coinciding with Heritage Open Days in the UK, across social media platforms. You can post your question on the day using the hashtag #AskAMusuem. You can also encourage people to send their questions as comments or replies. Answers will then be posted and insider knowledge shared!

AIM: Pilgrim Trust Collections Care and Conservation Grants

AIM (Association of Independent Museums) has a range of grants available for collections care and conservation for their members. AIM members care for a huge and significant range of historic objects and collections. They range from fine art collections to locomotives, textiles to ships, decorative art and social and industrial history collections.

Grants for Collection Care Audits are run in partnership with Icon and enable small museums to undertake a basic 3-day collections care audit by a fully accredited conservator. The Collections Care Scheme provides grants for museums to receive specialist advice, purchase equipment, and train staff and volunteers.  The Remedial Conservation Scheme provides grants for the conservation of objects from the museum’s permanent collection. Grants are £1,100 plus travel and VAT (if applicable) to cover the cost of a fully accredited conservator undertaking a three-day audit. These grants are a good starting point before making an application to the Collections Care or Remedial Conservation schemes if your museum has not previously had a professional conservation advice.

To be eligible for a collections care audit, your museum should:

  • Be an AIM member.
  • Be an Accredited Museum or awarded ‘Working Towards’ status.
  • Be a registered charity. An associated charity can receive the grant on the museum’s behalf if the museum itself is not a charity.
  • Have fewer than 20,000 visitors p.a. Please base your visitor figures on the visitors you have in an average year pre-2020 not those affected by Coronavirus and restrictions.
  • Application to this scheme does not prevent museums applying to the Pilgrim Trust for other, unrelated projects.

The full guidance and eligibility criteria is included on the application form. Click here for the collections care audit application form>>

EERIAC 31 Conference June 2022

There’s still time to book for the East England Regional Industrial archaeology Conference on Saturday 11th June. Organised by Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society, the conference programme is as follows:

9.30am            Registration, tea, coffee, view displays

10.00am          ‘The History of Radar at Bawdsey’ – Graham Murchie, Trustee, Bawdsey Radar, who run the Transmitter Block Museum at the very first radar station in the country.      

11.15am          ‘RAF Martlesham Heath’ – a speaker from the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society.

12.00noon       EERIAC AGM.

12.15pm          Lunch break.  

1.45pm            Re-assemble.  We will be divided into groups, so the order in which the following are taken will vary according to the group:

a)         Guided tour of the Saxon Ship Longshed, Tide Mill Way. The Sutton Hoo Ship’s Company are building a replica of the Saxon burial ship using archaeological evidence from the Sutton Hoo site on the opposite shore of the River Deben. 

b)         Guided tour of the Tide Mill, Tide Mill Way.  One of the few surviving tide mills.   

4.00pm approximately            Close of conference. 

Venue: Hutchinson Room, Woodbridge Community Hall, Station Road, Woodbridge, IP12 4AU

Download the booking form here:

2nd Free Online East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology, 21 May 2022

Following the success of the “1st East-West Workshop on Industrial Archaeology: introducing the archaeology of the industrial society” in 2021, the Institute for Cultural Heritage and History of Science & Technology (USTB, China), and the UK Association for Industrial Archaeology together with its Young Members Board are running a second online workshop focused on the work of young people in academic and professional industrial archaeology.

The East-West series of workshops aims to exchange ideas and knowledge among Western and Eastern colleagues to build a more international and diverse industrial archaeology. In order to broaden perspectives, this edition also includes Brazil and the Global South in the conversations.


Yuchen Wang (University of Science and Technology Beijing)
“Electronic industry heritage: the example of the Chinese display industry”

Otis Gilbert (Wessex Archaeology)
“Digging industrial Britain: two case studies from Sheffield and Normanton”

Mário Bruno Pastor (Portuguese Catholic University)
“The Millano’s woollen mills in Portugal: an archaeology of absence”

Tiago Silva Alves Muniz (Federal University of Pará)
“Rubber industrial complex and entanglements at Brazilian Amazon”

Zoom (online meeting).

Saturday, 21 May 2022
06.30-08.30 (Brasilia time) / 10.30-12.30 (London and Lisbon time) / 17.30-19.30 (Beijing time).

Registration is free. Click below or scan the QR code to register via Eventbrite and receive the Zoom link.

Job Opportunities: Two Heritage Posts Available at Wigan Council

Wigan Council have two heritage posts available at the Council, with closing dates for applications on the 8th May 2022 and 8th June 2022. Wigan has a long industrial history and the council has some extensive industrial heritage collections. Further details here:

Lead Officer Museums  – temporary until 1 March 2024 – closing date 8th May 23:59 View Vacancy Details

Assistant Business Partner Archives – permanent – closing date 8th June 23:59 View Vacancy Details

Rebuilding Heritage Free Online Resources

Rebuilding Heritage have been expanding their online library of free digital resources for heritage organisations. These resources condense advice from dozens of expert consultants and are all publicly accessible from their website in the form of articles, case studies, webinars, and podcasts.

They are aimed specifically at heritage organisations emerging from Covid and cover the following topics:

•    Business & Enterprise Planning
•    Fundraising
•    Leadership & Governance
•    Mission and Vision
•    Marketing & Communications
•    Equality, Diversity, Inclusion
•    Wellbeing at Work
•    Managing Change

The entire catalogue can be found here.

Industrial Heritage Network Meetings for Spring 2022

The next round of Industrial Heritage Network meetings begins at the end of April 2022. The IHN networks are a chance to meet, online, those working, volunteering, or researching in the industrial heritage sector. There are ten regional groups and they are free to join. Members will have access to the latest Industrial Heritage news through the IHN e-bulletin (by-monthly), and will have the chance to promote their work through the IHN website and social media feeds, highlight initiatives and requests for help, or link up with similar sites in their region. Details on how to sign up are below.

This latest round of regional IHN meetings will look at how the post-COVID lockdown recovery is impacting industrial heritage sites, large and small. Is it business ‘as usual’ or has the COVID pandemic led to permanent changes in the way sites and organisations deal with the public and staff? How is your site coping with any maintenance backlog, recruiting volunteers, and reaching out to schools? We are keen to hear from individuals and sites about their experiences over the last six months.

To sign up to a regional IHN group email Dr Mike Nevell (IHSO officer) on: mike.nevell@ironbridge.org.uk

SPAB National Mills Weekend Back In-person for May 2022

This year’s National Mills Weekend, organised by SPAB (the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings), will take place on 7th & 8th May 2022. The theme for the first in-person event since 2019 will be ‘New Life for Old Mills’, celebrating the repair of wind and watermills for future generations to enjoy.

The National Mills Weekend will take place at wind and watermills across the UK and online on YouTube and SPAB Mills Section social media channels. The SPAB Mills Section is inviting everyone to share images of their own mill repair project on their social media channels. Let SPAB know about recent and historic repairs to your mill that has helped to make it possible for people to see, appreciate, and enjoy today. Also let SPAB would like to know if your mill has been affected by recent storms or if you are planning to open your mill to the public during this year’s National Mills Weekend for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic. 

For the first time this year SPAB Scotland and the Perth & Kinross Heritage Trust will be hosting a dedicated Mills Weekend in Scotland on 7th & 8th May 2022. The weekend will bring together the Scottish Milling Community and will include talks, lectures, and tours on all topics from re-use of textile mills to flour production and hydro-power.

For more information on how to take part in the SPAB National Mills Weekend you can find an information and support pack here and a poster that can be customized and displayed in your mill here.