IHN South West

Welcome to the Industrial Heritage Network SOUTH WEST (IHNSW) page!

Our inaugural meeting will take place at the Museum of Bath at Work on the 19th March – do get in touch if you’re interested in joining!

Our members:

Avon Industrial Buildings Trust (AIBT)

Avon Valley Railway Heritage Trust

BDAC Old Sarum Airfield Museum

Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society

Bristol M Shed

Claverton Pumping Station

Clifton Rocks Railway

Clifton Suspension Bridge Trust

Cotswold Motoring Museum


Dean Heritage Centre

Dean Heritage Centre is one of Gloucestershire’s leading family attractions. Set amongst five acres of stunning scenery, the centre preserves the unique heritage of the Forest of Dean. There are a wide range of things to discover including a Victorian cottage, a Charcoal Burners Camp, a woodland trail, a craft hut and much more! As the Forest of Dean was a major centre of industry for hundreds of years, Dean Heritage Centre’s displays explore iron mining and production, coal mining, free mining, forestry, transport, charcoal burning, quarrying and other trades and industries. Displays include a beam engine, a waterwheel, wagons, tram rails, tools and photographs of the people who worked in these industries.

Dorothea Restorations

Dorset Industrial Archaeology Society

Haynes International Motor Museum


Helicopter Museum
Inside the Helicopter Museum

Opened by HRH The Duke of York in 1989 The Helicopter Museum is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and houses a unique collection of rare aircraft, many of which enjoy top benchmark status on the National Aviation Heritage Register. This is the only helicopter collection in the country and the largest of its kind in the World! The Museum has over 90 full size aircraft on display ranging from an impressive Russian gunship to a massive Super Frelon 36 seat helicopter, and from the Queens own helicopters to the veterans of the Vietnam conflict. Also on display is the worlds oldest helicopter, the current world speed record holder and a selection of unusual gyrocopters.

Historic England (South West)

Jet Age Museum

Kingswood Heritage Museum

Museum of Bath at Work

National Waterways Museum Gloucester 

Poole Museum

Saltford Brass Mill

Simonsbath Sawmill

Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society

Somerset Brick and Tile Museum

Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society

Somersetshire Coal Canal Society

South Gloucestershire Mines Research Group

SS Great Britain

Stroudwater Textile Trust 

Trowbridge Museum

Underfall Yard

Wessex Mills Group

West Somerset Steam Railway Trust 

Westonzoyland Pumping Station

Yeovil Railway Centre