IHN South East

Welcome to the Industrial Heritage Network SOUTH EAST (IHNSE) page!

Our inaugural meeting took place at Amberley Museum on the 28th June 2019. Take a look at the agenda here

Our next meeting was hosted by the National Museum of the Royal Navy on the 8th November 2019

The next meeting will be held online in autumn 2020 – watch this space for more details!

Our members:

Amberley Museum


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The Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) is the national organisation for Britain. The AIA encourages and promotes the public benefit of the study of, and research in, the archaeology of industry and the industrial period, and promotes education in the identification, recognition and conservation of the industrial heritage. The Association funds Restoration Grants; awards cash prizes for research and publications; sponsors new research; lobbies bodies concerned with legislation, planning and funding; unites individuals, local societies, academics and field professionals; represents industrial archaeology nationally and internationally; runs conferences and practical workshops; publishes a biannual academic journal, Industrial Archaeology Review, and a quarterly newsletter, Industrial Archaeology News.



The Bluebell Railway has the largest collection of locomotives operating the longest steam hauled service in Sussex, running 11 miles from Sheffield Park to East Grinstead. The Bluebell Railway offers a unique experience for families, enthusiasts and tourists alike; offering family days out, special events, visiting engines, and dining services including an onsite pub and supper trains. Home to the prestigious ‘Golden Arrow’ and ‘Wealden Rambler’ first class dining trains, the Bluebell is the perfect location for weddings, corporate events or filming locations. For more information on upcoming events or to book with us follow us on our social media pages.

Brooklands Museum

Burton Mill


Water Tower

Carshalton Water Tower, West Street, Carshalton, Surrey, is a grade II* listed garden building, built between 1717 and 1720. It contains a suite of rooms which offer both pleasure and practical facilities. The Pump Chamber contains the water wheel which used to power pumps to raise fresh spring water into a cistern, housed at the top of the crowning tower, and to deliver this water on-tap to the mansion, Carshalton House, and fountains in the landscape garden by natural gravity. There is a Bathroom with an exquisite plunge bath, and walls lined with Delft tiles, the Saloon and the Orangery can also be viewed.



Delve in to 400 years of history at the most complete Dockyard in the world. The unique destination celebrates Great Britain’s maritime past and unmatched contribution to the Royal Navy’s shipbuilding excellence that led to worldwide command of the oceans. Discover interactive exhibitions across 10 galleries including three Historic Warships, a working Victorian Ropery and much more. Visit the award-winning gallery Command of the Oceans, telling the story of the dockyard through long-hidden objects for the first time. In this gallery, you can also follow a virtual John North and his grandson learning all about how ships are built and discovering the timbers of the ‘ship beneath the floor’.

Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway

Classic Boat Museum

Coultershaw Heritage Trust

Crampton Tower

Dover Transport Museum

Eastchurch Aviation Museum


Inside the Mill by Brain Pain
Inside the Mill by Brian Pain

Eling Tide Mill Experience brings together hundreds of years of local, industrial and natural history in one site. The Grade II* Listed Eling Tide Mill is one of the UK’s last two mills regularly harnessing the power of the tide to make flour. Adjacent is the Visitor Centre where visitors can explore the history of the mill and its area. Outside are beautiful walks and opportunities to spot wading wildlife from Bartley Water Boardwalk around the millpond and from the shoreline at Goatee Beach.


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ERIH is a membership network and sites pay an annual fee which varies according to the category of membership.  The benefits of membership include enhanced profile, including a presence on ERIH’s well-used website (which currently attracts over 4000 visits per day) and its active social media pages; participation in ERIH conferences, events and initiatives; participation in local and regional routes of industrial heritage; and not least, association with a European organisation that is now recognised by the European institutions as the principle network for the promotion of industrial heritage tourism in Europe. To find out more about ERIH, please contact the UK Coordinator on uk@erih.net.



Greenham Control Tower, built in 1951, opened its doors in Summer 2018 as a museum, cafe and community hub with the aim to preserve and share the historical legacy of one of the few remaining airfield buildings. Run by volunteers, it promotes four key themes: nature conservation and wildlife, military and cold war history of the common, social history of the common and the role of protest in society. The control tower offers an open space to enjoy the common from a fascinating and dynamic location with a range of activities and facilities aimed at all ages to educate, inform and entertain.

Hampshire Building Preservation Trust

Historic England

Kempton Steam Museum and Waterworks Railway

Kent Firefighting Museum


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Established in 2002, we preserve and protect records of milling heritage, fostering the cultural and educational values of mills and the milling community. A Nationally Accredited Archive Service, we are the UK’s specialist archive on the history of milling: the national centre for mill-related research, recording, learning and understanding; the appropriate repository for milling records. We care for over 250 collections of more than 3,000,000 documents and images, recording the rich and diverse crafts, buildings, equipment and people involved with mills. Over 76,000 of these records are freely available online and some 20 volunteers work to make more publicly accessible.

Milton Keynes Museum


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The National Museum of the Royal Navy was newly formed in September 2009 based in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, but also encompasses The Royal Marines Museum, The Royal Navy Submarine Museum, the Fleet Air Arm Museum and Explosion! Museum of Naval Firepower. In 2015, we opened First World War Monitor HMS M.33 to the public, and in 2016 we added HMS Caroline in Belfast, and the Hartlepool Maritime Experience and HMS Trincomalee to the National Museum of the Royal Navy family. Affiliates include HMS Unicorn (Dundee); HMS Wellington (London); the Medusa Trust (Portsmouth); the Coastal Forces Heritage Trust (Portsmouth) and the D-Day Museum (Portsmouth).


Romsey Signal Box

The old railway signal box at Romsey sits in its own grounds with a range of associated attractions.  The signal box itself has been fully restored to full working order, and visitors of all ages are encouraged to pull the levers to make the signals outside operate.  The site also features a separate miniature signal box, various exhibits (many hands-on), and a small café.  It is open to the public (small charge for adults, children free) on the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month, and other occasions as advertised on the website. Group visits at other times can also be arranged.

Royal Armouries Museum – Fort Nelson


ShipShapeLogoLaunched in 2010, the Shipshape Network has connected historic vessel owners, skilled craftsmen, businesses, heritage organisations, training bodies and maritime enthusiasts. At the heart of the Network is the National Directory of Skills & Services which provides an online database of practitioners who have worked on boat projects of all types and size, whilst the Crew Bank and Job pages offer free advertising space for both paid and voluntary opportunities across the sector. Featuring more than 100 external maritime projects from across the UK, the Network also provides a dedicated web space and social media coverage to promote their activities and achievements. The Network is divided into eight zones, encouraging local organisations and individual vessel projects to work together. Within each zone, Shipshape Hubs are being nominated by NHS-UK to act as local ambassadors who can champion their area, whilst having the infrastructure and capacity to offer support and guidance to other nearby organisations. More details by following this link: https://www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk/shipshape-network


Southampton District

The Southampton & District Transport Heritage Trust (S&DTHT) was established in 2001 and is dedicated to the preservation of former Southampton buses and other vehicles from around the local area. The Trust provides an opportunity for many to get involved with the preservation and operation of Southampton’s heritage transport. The activities of the Trust revolve around the preservation and restoration of vehicles together with social meetings of members and their guests. Visit our website: http://www.sadtht.co.uk for more information.

South East Museum Development

Spa Valley Railway

Twyford Waterworks Trust

Wandle Industrial Museum

Weald & Downland Living Museum


Whitchurch Silk Mill

Built in 1815 Whitchurch Silk Mill is the oldest working silk mill in the UK still in its original building. The Mill is built on Frog Island, around which the River Test flows. The crystal clear waters have provided the Mill with power for over 200 years, by driving our cast iron waterwheel. This gem of industrial heritage in beautiful, rural Hampshire, is a Georgian water mill that weaves silk using 19th century machinery. Highlights of a visit include the water wheel, Victorian machinery and looms, an opportunity to explore traditional silk weaving, and discover how silk cloth is made.



Winchester City Mill has stood at the heart of the historic City of Winchester since at least Saxon times. With a history of over 1000 years, Winchester City Mill is probably the oldest working watermill in the country. The Mill produces stoneground wholemeal flour and has regular milling and baking demonstrations. The Mill is also the gateway to the South Downs National Park and features the start point of the South Downs Way National Trail. The gateway has a wide selection of information for those wishing to explore local walks and trails further afield.

Willesborough Mill



Built around 1814 the windmill at Windmill Hill was raised on its brick piers in about 1850 to make it the tallest post mill in Sussex. It was converted to steam power in 1894 and operated until around 1913. It then remained derelict for several decades. In 2001, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded £577,000 towards the restoration and the windmill opened to the public in 2006. The milling machinery was restored between 2013 and 2016 and the mill is once again able to grind grain to make flour using the power of the wind. The mill is open most Sundays and every Bank Holiday Monday (Easter to October).