The Industrial Heritage Support Officer Project

The Museum manages and hosts the Industrial Heritage Support Officer Project in partnership with the Association for Independent Museums and the Association for Industrial Archaeology.


This England-wide project, which is funded by Historic England, was developed following concern that many publicly accessible industrial heritage sites were facing an uncertain future, and that smaller volunteer groups, in particular, needed better access to a source of focussed professional help beyond what was already available.


The project has been running since March 2012 and has supported and advised numerous groups and organisations from across the country through its clearing house service, training events, partnership working, and the development of regional industrial heritage support networks.


The Industrial Heritage Support Officer also acts as an advocate for the industrial heritage sector including at Historic England’s Industry and Infrastructure Network and HLF’s Industry, Maritime & Transport Group meetings, and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Industrial Heritage meetings.


For more information about the Industrial Heritage Support Officer Project click here and visit the project website.



IHSO seeks consultant for survey of industrial heritage sites

Historic England has awarded the IHSO Project funding to commission a new survey of the circa 600 industrial heritage sites in England that are open to the public. The survey will provide accurate and up-to-date information on the total number of sites, current maintenance, economic funding model, public engagement and visitor numbers that will be highlight key areas for future study. This information will then be used to underpin the work of the IHSO project, and to help deliver Historic England’s draft Industrial Heritage Strategy and Corporate Plan.

Applications are now open for consultants to apply to carry out the survey. To see the full tender document or for other enquiries, please contact Dr Mike Nevell. Project designs must be received by 12pm on 8 March.