Rebuilding Heritage – Latest Free Support Programme Announced

Applications are now open for the next round of free support from the Rebuilding Heritage programme. Rebuilding Heritage is a free support programme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to help the heritage sector respond to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heritage organisations and businesses can apply for one-to-one support in business planning, fundraising, and communications and marketing, and for a place on group training in leadership and in managing staff wellbeing.Full details of the support on offer and the application process are available on the Rebuilding Heritage website. The closing date for applications is Wednesday 16 December and decisions on applications from the Rebuilding Heritage team will be confirmed before Christmas. Details here:

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National Lottery Heritage Fund Re-opens Grants

From the 25th November, NLHF will resume accepting applications for grants in the £3,000-£10,000 and £10,000-£100,000 ranges. This will provide some much-needed financial assistance, particularly to those heritage sector organisations who have, so far, been unable to access COVID-19 emergency funds. The NHLF are looking for projects with an emphasis on organisational resilience and inclusion.

Furthermore, from 8th February 2021, NLHF will resume accepting applications for larger grants worth £100,000-£250,000 and £250,000-£5m. More details here:

IHN Meetings Go Online

The Industrial Heritage Network meetings are going online. With the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic set to continue well into 2021 we have been experimenting with a shorter online version of our regional meetings. After a successful London trial last month (October) we are now developing a programme of meetings for delivery over the winter and early spring. In the longer term we hope to adopt a blended delivery for IHN meetings, alternating online meetings with in-person site visits.

The online meetings are shorter than our normal networking days, at just two hours. In the first part there will be several short presentations, followed in the second part of the meeting by a round-table (or should that be screen) discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on our members. The dates for the next two Industrial Heritage Network meetings are as follows:

Friday 20th November – IHN North West

Friday 4th December – IHN West Midlands

Regional members will receive an email invitation with details of how to log into the meeting. Further dates for IHN meetings will be published at the end of the year. Any queries please contact the IHSO on:

Creative & Cultural Skills Recruitment Trends Survey

Creative & Cultural Skills, supported by the National Skills Academy and Arts Council England, supports the UK cultural sector by shaping skills, education and employment best practice. Creative & Cultural Skills aims to provoke action and enable learning opportunities that drive change and help to build an inclusive skilled sector (

As part of their COVID-19 work they are running an online survey about skills recruitment trends, closing Wednesday 11 November. With the introduction of youth employment support mechanisms throughout the UK, Creative & Cultural Skills wishes to better understand the sector’s recruitment culture in order to help it recover and build back, better. This survey therefore seeks to collect data on the entry routes for new recruits currently supported by organisations in the cultural sector and the development of the talent pipeline through options such as apprenticeships, internships and work experience. The information you provide will be used by Creative & Cultural Skills and relevant partners to inform programmes of support for the sector, and relevant collated findings will be published.

Contribute to the survey via this link:

Second England COVID-19 Lockdown – Some Key Heritage Website Links

The UK Government has announced (31 October 2020) a second lockdown for England to run for four weeks from 5 November to 2 December inclusive. Museums, galleries, and and all non-essential retail venues will be required to close during this period. At the end of the period, England will return to a regional approach of Tier restrictions, based upon the latest data.

A second lockdown in England will place extra strain on the Industrial Heritage sector. Only 50% of the c. 600 protected industrial heritage monuments and museums accessible to the public in England were able to open their doors after the first lock down ended in July. Even before the second lockdown was announced many sites were already closing for their normal winter maintenance period, whilst others had chosen not to re-open until spring 2021. However, that leaves a large number of industrial heritage sites and museums that would normally be open in the autumn and winter facing another closure. Furthermore, the continued restrictions on group meetings is also putting strain on the activities, fieldwork, and research of industrial archaeology and industrial heritage volunteer groups and societies.

There are some differences from the first lockdown so its important to keep up-to-date with the latest regulations. You can read the November UK Government guidance here:

The latest UK Government Coronovirus Advice can be found here:

For further updates on the impact of the Second Lockdown on the wider heritage sector see the Heritage Alliance website here:

The UK Government also announced the following financial support measures for the second lockdown:

  • workers in any part of the UK can retain their job, even if their employer cannot afford to pay them, and be paid at least 80% of their salary up to £2500 a month.
  • the flexibility of the current Coronovirus Job Retention Scheme will be retained to allow employees to continue to work where they can.
  • employers small or large, charitable or non-profit are eligible and because more businesses will need to close, they will now be asked to pay just National Insurance and Pensions contributions for their staff during the month of November.
  • the Job Support Scheme will not be introduced until after the Job Retention Scheme ends.

Arts Council Announce Further £75million of Cultural Recovery Grants

On 23 Oct Arts Council England announced the awarding of a further £75 million in grants from the UK Government’s £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund. This investment will go to 35 of the country’s leading cultural organisations and venues. These grants are worth between £1 and £3 million, with just over £8m going to organisations looking after industrial heritage sites.

Four organisations who look after industrial heritage sites will receive grants in this latest round. These are:

  • the Birmingham Museums Trust (which runs the Museum of the Jewellery Quarter and Sarehole Mill) (£1.87m);
  • the Black Country Living Museum Trust (a 26 acre site) (£2.55m);
  • the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (which encompasses 10 museum sites and 35 listed buildings and is at the heart of the World Heritage Site) (£1.86m);
  • and the London Transport Museum (with sites at Covenant Garden and Acton) (£1.75m).

A second round of grants over £1 million and the recipients of the £270 million loans package will be announced in the coming weeks. For further details follow this link:

Mills Archive Trust to Recruit Development Manager

The Mills Archive

The Mills Archive Trust preserves and protects records of milling heritage to make them freely available to the public. They are looking to fill a new role, that of Development Manager. The Development Manager will be responsible for growing income to cover core costs and allow for sustainable growth. The ideal person will be passionate about heritage and be a strategic thinker.

It is primarily an office-based role, though with some flexibility for home working and the opportunity for regional travel. The link below will take you to the job advert on the Guardian Jobs website…/development-manager/…

You can also sign up to stay in the know about your favourite mill-related interests here:

Canal & River Trust Awarded £1.6 Million

Hunts Locks on the Weaver Navigation, Cheshire – one of the Canal & River Trust sites receiving funding for essential maintenance.

The Canal & River Trust has been awarded a £1.6m grant through the Heritage Stimulus Fund. This forms part of a package of measures recently announced by UK Government –

445 heritage organisations will share £10m+ from two funds in the Culture Recovery Fund (Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and Heritage Stimulus Fund) to restart vital repair and maintenance work on cherished heritage sites, and to keep attractions open and support those working in the sector. The funds are administered by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, further details can be found here  –

For the Canal & River Trust, 15 projects are being funded focussing on the replacement of lock gates, and lock and bridge repairs. This covers sites on the Coventry Canal, Grand Union Canal, Hertford Union Canal, Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Shropshire Union Canal, Worcester & Birmingham Canal, and the Rivers Lee, Trent, and Weaver.

Invitation to Take Part in the DCMS Volunteers Survey

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) are running an online survey to help them develop guidance for volunteer-involving organisations, groups, and bodies based in England. This is so that volunteering can be done safely and effectively during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of this guidance development, DCMS are inviting employees and volunteers from volunteer-involving organisations, groups, and bodies to complete a short survey, the results of which will be used to help ensure this guidance effectively meets the needs of its users.  The deadline for completing the survey is 5pm on Monday 12 October. Responses are restricted to individuals and organisations in England.

A link to the survey can be found here:

Historic England Climate Change & Cultural Heritage Webinar Series

Historic England have a range of free-to-watch webinars and one of the themes this autumn is climate change and cultural heritage. A growing number of industrial heritage sites are threatened not just by heavier rainfall, floods, and the consequent erosion, but by storms, heat waves, drought, and vegetation change.

‘Climate Friday’ is a series of webinars beginning 9th October focussing on the impact of climate change on heritage. Hosted by Historic England’s Environmental Strategy team, in collaboration with the Climate Heritage Network, they will provide delegates with an in-depth look at a range of topics related to climate change and cultural heritage presented by international experts in heritage and climate change research, policy and practice.

The first one is entitled ‘Thinking about interrelationships between the climate crisis and heritage’. Sign up here:

The Upper Furnace pool at Coalbrookdale, Ironbridge. Historic water management systems like these are vulnerable to sudden climate events.