The Industrial Heritage Support Officer (IHSO) project began in September 2012. The post is funded by Historic England (HE) through their National Capacity Building Programme, and is managed by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT) in partnership with the Association of Independent Museums (AIM) and the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA). In addition to IGMT, AIM, and AIA, the project steering group also includes Sir Neil Cossons, representatives from Arts Council England,  Canal & River Trust, English Heritage, National Trust, Science Museum Group, and a project liaison from Historic England.

The IHSO project aims to:

  • Improve sustainability & conservation of the c. 600 preserved publicly accessible Industrial Heritage sites in England.
  • Help to enhance the skills capacity & operating practices across these sites.
  • Support arrangements to sustain this internationally important industrial archaeology and heritage legacy.

In these difficult pandemic times we have taken the IHSO project, and the Industrial Heritage Networks, entirely online. Follow and contribute to the project’s twitter (@IHSOengland) and facebook (www.facebook.com/IHSOengland/) pages.

More information is available on the project’s website: IHSO