Industrial Heritage in the COVID-19 Era

Here’s a brief update on my day-job as Industrial Heritage Support Officer (IHSO) for England. September to December continued to be dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, with, in England, a second lockdown at short notice throughout November. All industrial archaeology and heritage sites closed once more, and many staff were put back into furlough. Consequently,…

Helping to Save England’s Industrial Heritage: My Day in Archaeology as Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England

This year’s Council for British Archaeology Festival is a two-part affair with a nine-day digital festival in July to be followed by physical events in October/November. As a response to the COVID-19 impact on archaeology and heritage this has been inspired. I have been able to contribute several items: an online interview on the impact…

Park Bridge Ironworks: Engaging with Industrial Heritage on the rural fringes of Manchester – a Twitter Paper

At the beginning of July the I was lucky enough to be involved with ‘Shaped by Steel’ twitter conference run by the ‘Social Worlds of Steel‘ project at Swansea University. Nine sessions and 27 papers spread over two days (1st to 2nd July 2020) covered topics ranging from landscapes, place, and worker identities to climate…

Industrial Heritage Sector: Adaptations in Light of Covid-19

The following blog was written as part of the ‘Heritage Online Debates’ hosted by Historic England, which this month focuses on the impact of the Coivd-19 epidemic.  To get involved with the debate, and to read the other ten blogs, follow this link https://historicengland.org.uk/whats-new/debate/ The wider Industrial Heritage and Industrial Archaeology sector has been severely…

Steaming Plant or Steam Punk? Researching Industrial Archaeology in the 21st Century

In my role as Chair of the Association for Industrial Archaeology I’m keen to revisit the way we approach industrial archaeology in the 21st century. Working on the revision of the North West Regional Research Framework Project for the Historic Environment in England has brought home the huge increase in developer-funded archaeology work in industrial…

Revolution: Protecting and Understanding Industrial Archaeology

Industrial archaeology remains the gawky and introverted teenager of the archaeological world – at least in the UK. In Britain it often feels like industrial archaeology (and its sibling Post-medieval Archaeology) is in equal measure misunderstood, ignored or looked-down upon by the academic world. It’s been left to voluntary societies, the profession, local authorities and…