Land Transport Archives Network

The Land Transport Archives Network (LTAN) was formed in 2020 as an informal mutual-support group for the creators, custodians, and users of archives relating to any aspect of any form of land transport. Historic objects relating to transport are covered by a number of Sector Support Organisations in the museums sector, but there is a noticeable gap in the support available for the related Archive collections. LTAN, alongside the Aviation, and Aerospace Archives Initiative (AAAI), aims to help address this gap.

To date, two virtual meetings have been held, with the next due in late February. The network is still in the early stages of its development, but has already decided on a series of aims moving forwards, including expanding on the work of the former TRAP project to map the location and extent of land transport collections.

A website for the network was launched in mid-January and can be viewed at https://ltan.info . This includes guidance for custodians of archives, which is aimed at non-professionals caring for the records of their own organisation and/or more general heritage material, so could be of great assistance to heritage railways, museums, and historical societies.

NHLF Re-open Grant Funds

The National Heritage Fund have re-opened their grant streams for applications between £3,000 and £5million. However, the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic means that the NHLF have revised their approach as to what they will fund for the period February 2021 to April 2022.

The NHLF are looking to fund projects that: boost the local economy; encourage skills development and job creation; support wellbeing; create better places to live, work and visit; and improve the resilience of organisations working in heritage. Every project will also need to achieve the NHLF inclusion outcome of ‘a wider range of people will be involved in heritage’, and each project will be expected to demonstrate that they are building long-term environmental sustainability into their plans, as appropriate. Three levels of grants are availble:

grants from £3,000 to £10,000

grants from £10,000 to £250,000

grants from £250,000 to £5 million

Details on the new funding criteria can be found here in the Priorities for National Lottery Grants for Heritage for 2021-22.

Re-Form Heritage to Regenerate Former Pottery Workers’ Houses in Stoke-on-Trent

The Harper Street: Engagement in Heritage project will renovate eleven Victorian terraced houses adjacent to Middleport Pottery. The terrace, located in the Trent and Mersey Canal Conservation Area, will be transformed into a new heritage attraction, studio & workshop space, publicly accessible archive and community centre for Middleport’s residents. The project will contribute significantly to growing Middleport Pottery and Stoke-on-Trent’s reputation as a heritage visitor destination.

Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic England, Stoke-on-Trent City Council and many other supporters, the Harper Street: Engagement in Heritage project has recently broken ground. In total, £2.5m will be invested into the transformation of the long-derelict terrace and a programme of activities delivered with the local community.

Former pottery workers’ housing on Harper Street, Stoke-on-Trent.

The project will see the eleven former pottery workers’ houses that make up Harper Street regenerated into a new heritage attraction focusing on the domestic life of the early 20th century pottery worker, alongside workshop and retail space for seven creative businesses. The terrace will also contain a dedicated store for the Middleport Pottery collection and archive, and a public research space to allow people to study archive items, many of which will be digitised for the first time. A modern community centre will also be created, offering community activities and support services via Middleport Matters Community Trust and a Changing Places toilet facility will support visitors with additional needs.

Further details can be found here: Information — Harper Street — Re-form (re-form.org)

AIA Research & Community Awards deadline 31 January 2021

The AIA’s annual round of grants are currently open – but hurry, as the first deadline is 31st January. Two that are particularly relevant in these COVID_19 socially distanced times are the Research and Community awards and grants.

Marple limekilns, Stockport

Last year the AIA funded research on salt making on the west Cumbrian coast and the development of the Marple Lime Kilns in Stockport. Although fieldwork and research are difficult in this COVID-19 restricted era, the AIA remains committed to furthering industrial archaeology research and engagement. That is why they have launched a new community fund for 2021, with grants of up to £500 available recognising projects that have successfully engaged local communities with industrial archaeology and heritage. Applications for the 2021 round of AIA conservation grants closes on the 31st March.

Follow this link for more details on how to apply: AIA Awards | Giving our past a future (industrial-archaeology.org)

Third Industrial Heritage Webinar Now Online

Historic England’s latest addition to its series of Industrial Heritage webinars is now online. Their webinars are free to register for. They provide an interactive and immersive live online learning experience on a variety of topics relevant to the wider heritage sector. 

The latest industrial heritage webinar looks at the identification, assessment, and recording of industrial heritage sites (landscapes, standing structures/buildings, archaeological remains) through the planning process in England, as well as considering potential public benefits arising from such work. The speakers were Norman Redhead (Heritage Management Director, Archaeology, Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service) and Dr Mike Nevell (Industrial Heritage Support Officer and Research Fellow of University of Salford, Centre for Applied Archaeology).

They shared a series of case studies from Greater Manchester. These included excavating workers housing at Angel Meadow; recording Ancoats’ steam-powered cotton textile mills; and the excavation and conservation of the Worsley Delph canal basin on the Bridgewater Canal. The focus was on the public benefit and research value of such planning-led archaeological and industrial heritage work.

Worsley Delph canal basin, Bridgewater Canal, after restoration by the local council, summer 2020.

Follow the link below here for the free recording and other Historic England Webinars:

Webinars | Historic England

Popular archaeology books on these industrial archaeology case studies are available as part of the Greater Manchester’s Past Revealed series. Download these books for free from the link below:

Publications « Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival Blog (wordpress.com)

AIM Advice and Resources During Lockdown3

As the heritage sector grapples with Lockdown 3, its worth remembering that there is a large amount of advice and help available for industrial heritage. For instance, the Association of Independent Museums has updated its Coronavirus resources page. There you can find links to the latest Government advice for museums, the second round of the Cultural Recovery Fund (closing on the 26 January 2021), financial support, and other funding packages available from Government for heritage businesses.

AIM also provides online training and detailed advice for museums during lockdown, from a COVID-19 Action Checklist, business resilience checklist, and good governance in a crisis, to insurance, business rates, and funding tips. There’s also details about how to improve your online and digital presence. Follow this link for more details: Coronavirus resources – AIM – Association of Independent Museums (aim-museums.co.uk)

Queen Street Mill Museum Job Opportunities

Queen Street Mill Museum, which is run by Lancashire County Council, has openings for two posts in 2021. Both are permanent and the closing date for applications is the 29th January 2021.

Firstly, they are seeking a Weaving Technician. This role is to perform preventative maintenance, repair, and overhaul of the historic textile machinery held in the collections associated with Queen Street Mill Textile Museums. The job is for 37 hours a week. For further information and how to apply, please click here.

Secondly, they are look for a Technical Demonstrator for a range of historic machinery in a safe manner to provide engaging interpretation to visitors.  This post will assist in the maintenance of the machinery and its environs as required and contribute to the manufacture of woven fabric to a high standard.  The post will also support all museum operations and activities in order to ensure visitors gain the best possible experience of their visit to the museum. The job is for 29.6 hours per week. For further information and how to apply, please click here.

Culture Recovery Fund For Heritage Round 2 Now Open

A second round of the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage is now open. This fund is part of the rescue package announced by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across England from the continuing economic impact of COVID-19.

This latest round of funding looks forward to next spring and early summer when it is expected that cultural organisations will be able to operate with fewer restrictions. Over £300 million of grants will be available, covering the period April-June 2021, to support cultural organisations with the costs they will face as they welcome back visitors and customers.

Historic England are working in partnership with the National Lottery Heritage Fund to distribute £36 million of this Government funding to organisations in England, based on criteria set by DCMS. This second round will offer grants of between £10,000 and £3 million to support organisations to make the transition towards full reopening. The fund will be open for applications from Thursday 7 January 2021 and organisations can apply any time from then until Tuesday 26 January 2021. 

Follow the link here for application details: Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage: Second Round | The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Museum of Bath at Work Get’s on its Bike

The Museum of Bath at Work are planning to publicise the Museum in the centre of Bath by having one or two volunteers dressed as Victorian or Edwardian trades-people with bicycles carrying adverts for the Museum. This is part of their COVID-19 recovery plan for re-opening the museum later in 2021. Thus, the Museum is looking for a suitable bike.

Do you know of an old tradesman’s bike for loan or sale? Ideally it should have a frame for a basket or box on the front or back, or both. Any condition considered as long as the bike is reasonably complete. The museum will collect as the current COVID restrictions allow. Please contact the museum if you can help.

Contact details and further information about the Museum of Bath at Work can be found here: http://www.bath-at-work.org.uk/

Cultural Recovery Fund for Heritage: Second Round Opens 7 January 2021


Part of the rescue package announced by DCMS earlier this month (December 2020) is specifically to safeguard cultural and heritage organisations across England from the economic impact of COVID-19. The second round of the Culture Recovery Fund looks forward to next spring and early summer when it is expected (hoped) that cultural organisations will be able to operate with fewer restrictions.
Over £300million of grants will be available, covering the period April-June, to support cultural organisations with the costs they will face as they welcome back visitors.

Grants for Heritage

The National Lottery Heritage Fund is distributing £36m of this government funding to organisations in England, in partnership with Historic England, based on criteria set by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). This second round will offer grants of between £10,000 and £3m to support organisations to make the transition towards full reopening. The fund will be open for applications from 7 January 2021 and you can apply any time from then until 26 January 2021.

Repayable Finance

The other element of Culture Recovery Fund support available is Repayable Finance, which has a budget of up to £100m. Culture Recovery Fund 2: Repayable Finance allocations have a lower limit of £1m and no upper limit. Both not-for-profit and commercial organisations will be able to apply.

The guidelines for applications to both funds from the 7 January 2021 can be accessed via this link:
https://www.heritagefund.org.uk/funding/culture-recovery-fund-heritage-second-round