IHN North West

Welcome to the Industrial Heritage Network NORTH WEST (IHNNW) page!

Our next meeting is confirmed!

We’re meeting on the 6th June at the National Waterways Museum in Ellesmere Port – agenda will be available here soon, and do get in touch if you’d like to join us!

Our members:

Association for Industrial Archaeology


The engine at Bancroft Mill

Bancroft Mill is a former cotton mill, the last to be built in Barnoldswick, Lancashire. It is now a museum. It houses two unique mill engines, one of which is the largest in Lancashire and both regularly run in steam raised in the Mill’s Cornish boiler. There are displays of weaving, mill artefacts and photographs. Two Lancashire looms are operated.  One of these looms is probably one installed in the Mill when it started weaving in 1920.  Teatowels and woven fabric can be bought in the Mill shop. Guided tours are run for visitors at regular times.


British Commercial Vehicle Museum

Calderdale Industrial Museum

Canal & River Trust (National Waterways Museum)

Catalyst Science Discovery Centre

COUNCIL FOR BRITISH ARCHAEOLOGY (North West Industrial Archaeology Panel)

CBANW logo

The Council for British Archaeology North West has been promoting industrial archaeology in the region since 1959. The current Panel was established in the late 1970s with a remit to run an annual conference (the ‘North West Industrial Archaeology Conference’: the 39th conference is on 21st September at Bolton Library & Museum) and to raise awareness about, and campaign for, the protection of industrial archaeology in the North West (Chehsire, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, and Merseyside). The Panel meets three times a year and reports back to CBA North West.

Ellenroad Steam Museum


Entrance to Eskdale Mill

Eskdale mill, at Boot in the western Lake District, is the last surviving working water corn mill in the National Park.  Eskdale Mill & Heritage Trust, a registered charity, was formed by local people in 2003 to preserve public access to the mill and to foster interest in Eskdale’s wider heritage. The grade 2* listed mill is operated by a resident manager and volunteers.  During 2018-19 it was extensively restored in a £1 million project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and others.  The Trust also runs a small hydro-electricity scheme, powered by a modern water-wheel.


Heritage Railway Association

Higher Mill Museum Trust (part of Helmshore Mills Textile Museum)

Historic England

Lancashire County Council Museum Service

Mellor Archaeological Trust

Middlewich Heritage Trust and Middlewich Town Council

Museum Development North West

National Trust North West

Pilling Looms

Port Sunlight Village Trust

Science and Industry Museum

Part of the Science Museum Group, the Science and Industry Museum is devoted to inspiring its visitors through ideas that change the world, from the Industrial Revolution to today and beyond. The museum is uniquely placed on the site of the oldest surviving passenger railway station, in the heart of the world’s first industrial city. The museum cares for a globally important heritage site comprising five listed buildings, two of them listed Grade 1. The Science and Industry Museum combines the distinctive appeal of its historic site and collection with a vibrant contemporary science programme, making connections between the past and the present, between scientific theory and real-world applications.

The Bolton Steam Museum