Don’t fear it, embrace it! The power of social media to promote and engage -Industrial Heritage Network West Midlands (IHNWM) meeting at Coffin Works

The machinery, the stock, even a pot of tea on the stove – when the Newman Brothers factory closed, almost everything in it was left as if at the end of an ordinary working day. Described as a sort of mercantile Marie Celeste, Coffin Works are the only surviving example of a purpose-built Victorian coffin furniture factory in the UK. All the coffin fittings including the handles, breastplates, ornaments, linings, cushions and the funerary gowns are still there, and visitors are free to touch and interact with many of them.

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How do we balance commercial and charitable? Industrial Heritage Network North East (IHNNE) meeting at Land of Oak & Iron

Land of Oak & Iron, an area rich in industrial, natural and cultural heritage in the North East of England and the name of a local landscape partnership. Land of Oak & Iron are  also one of the members of the Industrial Heritage Network North East (IHNNE) who hosted our second network meeting yesterday.

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Saltford Brass Mill: watercourse survey and Penstock Gate repair

In the summer of 2018, Bath & North East Somerset council (B&NES) provided funding to dewater the upstream watercourses of Saltford Brass Mill (member of the Industrial Heritage Network South West) to enable inspection of the normally flooded structures and repair a penstock gate which had been deteriorating over a number of years.  This was an opportune time as B&NES had recently acquired a laser scanning capability for the survey of structures in the city of Bath which they were able to deploy at Saltford. One of the Saltford Brass Mill Project (SBMP) volunteers also had access to an aerial drone capability, which combined with the laser-scan enabled a thorough survey of the mill to be conducted.

Brass Mill - Western Chamber
Brass Mill – Western Chamber

The upstream watercourses had not been dewatered in many years.  This opportunity therefore enabled a full survey of the watercourses to be conducted and accurate measurements to be taken of the mill, both above and below ground, by a combination of conventional surveying, laser-scan and aerial scan by drone.  An accurate 2D plan of the mill has been produced, drawing upon the 3D point-cloud model of the mill produced by the laser scan.  Much potential exists for further analysis of the point-cloud model of the mill.


A report on the survey and repair is available on the SBMP website: