About the IHSO Project

The Industrial Heritage Support Officer (IHSO) project began in September 2012 and is managed by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (IGMT). IGMT employs the IHSO officer through a grant from Historic England (HE) via their National Capacity Building Programme.

The project is run 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 Lottery Heritage Fund, National Trust, Science Museum Group, and a project liaison from Historic England.

The IHSO project aims to:

  • Develop partnerships and promote partnership working through the Industrial Heritage Networks;
  • Continuing to improve capacity during the Post-COVID recovery;
  • Promote best practice in conservation, guidance, and engagement;
  • Gather data on the impact of the project.

You can follow the IHSO project, and the Industrial Heritage Networks, online via these social media links:  twitter (@IHSOengland), facebook (www.facebook.com/IHSOengland/), and instagram (ihso_england).

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