Council Meeting Summary – Salford, 13 October 2018

On the previous day a Seminar on Creative Re-use had been held at the same venue in Salford, so having several Council members already to hand it was deemed fitting to hold the meeting there instead of Ironbridge as is usual. Not all Council members could be present but those that were not submitted written reports.

Headlines:

  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Industrial Heritage gains support from government ministers, and hears presentation from Historic England
  • Best Creative Reuse of an Industrial Building Award presentation made
  • Restoration Grant Scheme continues its success story
  • Subscription increase for 2019
  • Numbers down, but downloads of IA Review reflects changing types of ‘membership’
  • Communications Team put in place
  • 5-year Action Plan agreed
  • Hope University chosen as 2020 AGM conference venue
  • Planning Case Work, links with bodies other than the CBA discussed
  • Student wins travel bursary to investigate US 19th century oyster industry
  • Spring visit to Hungary, more details

All Party Parliamentary Group on Industrial Heritage

Under the heading of the Chairman’s Report, Tony Crosby reported on the AGM of the APPG IH held early September. At that it was announced that a ‘Summit’ meeting would probably be held in early December. This would be a full day event and would consist of having a number of speakers talking on a variety of issues which impact on the industrial heritage, as identified during the evidence sessions last year and recorded in the Report published in May 2018. Michael Ellis MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at DCMS is very supportive of this initiative and it is hoped he will attend. Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, is also supportive. After the APPG IH business meeting, Shane Gould and Duncan McCallum of Historic England gave a presentation on their Industrial Heritage Strategy and Implementation Plan. The Strategy will have four themes, within the scope and definition of ‘1750 to date with an emphasis from the industrial revolution to the onset of WWI’: Extractive Industry; Processing & Manufacture; Energy and Utilities; and Transport. These four themes will be underpinned by a consideration of nine key issues:

  • Protection
  • Conservation Management
  • Reuse
  • Building Preservation/Other Charitable Trusts
  • Preserved Industrial Sites
  • Heritage at Risk
  • Professional Knowledge and Skills
  • Research (to underpin casework)
  • Public Engagement (in its widest sense from education through to social inclusion)

They concluded with a number of case studies of solutions and good practice examples from around England. Historic England is planning to hold a stakeholder seminar, but this will probably be next year, after the APPG’s Summit. The presentation was well received by the MPs and Peers, provoking many questions and much discussion.

All administration of APPG IH meetings, previously handled by the AIA and others, has now been taken over by the team supporting Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, but Nick still wants the AIA to be involved giving advice on the broader IM&T sector, examples of good practice, speakers, representation from sector organisations etc.

Best Creative Reuse of an Industrial Building Award

The Railway Carriage Works, Inverurie, incorporating housing, offices and the Garioch Heritage Centre received the award and presentation of the plaque and a certificate to Malcolm Allan Housebuilders was made by Keith Falconer on Saturday 15th September.

Restoration Grants

As reported to the Nottingham Conference the scope of the Restoration Grant Scheme has continued to increase year upon year. This year we received 27 applications for projects seeking over £400,000 and were able to offer eight grants totalling £126,500 to the eight, very varied, projects that were agreed by Council in June. The Panel of judges was joined this year by Geoff Wallis and his expertise in the restoration field is greatly valued.

Treasurer’s Report

John Jones gave an update on our financial position 2018 to date. Expenditure on the annual conference is the largest single item of expense in any year, but with no final invoice received from Nottingham University as yet, the financial outcome is still unknown. And, of course other significant items of expenditure, for example the payment we make to Taylor & Francis for the Review is not yet received. To date there is a slight drop in membership (see later) and that is reflected in a small drop in subscription income. Overall, the financial position is satisfactory with no nasty surprises anticipated in the remainder of the year.

Subscriptions

During the agm at Nottingham it was intimated that subscriptions would have to be reviewed. This we did at the meeting and it was agreed that they would have to rise for 2019. All classes will rise by £3. This will be the first increase for six years. We have managed to hold the subscriptions at that level for those six years due to cost savings made in administration costs, in savings on the contract we have with Taylor and Francis for the Review and transferring production of the IA News to T&F.

Membership Report

At the end of September membership stands at 492. The third quarter increase is 15, made up of 11 new members, and 4 renewals. Year to date we have recruited 32 new members. Unfortunately, the bad news is the number of lapsed memberships. To date 33 have lapsed, that together with 11 cancellations, means a net loss of 12. T&F launched a campaign in September to encourage lapsed members to re-join us, whilst individual approaches have been made by Council members.

Action Plan

Periodically Council likes to look ahead and establish how best to achieve our aim of promoting the value of industrial archaeology and heritage. A provisional plan, developed by Ian West, David de Haan, Mike Nevell and Tegwen Roberts, was presented to Council. A number of amendments were agreed, and have been incorporated in the final version. The Action Plan discussion resulted in the forming of a Communications Team (Ian West, Chris Barney and Tegwen Roberts) to act on publicity matters.

Conference Secretary’s Report

John McGuinness arrived at the meeting fresh from a visit to Liverpool where he had been exploring venues for a conference in that city for 2020. Meanwhile, the 2019 conference, 9th to 14th August, was discussed. John will shortly be visiting the Cannington campus of the Bridgewater & Taunton College in Somerset to examine the accommodation we have been offered.
As for 2020, after John’s visit to both Liverpool University and Hope University and listening to his findings Council decided that the latter university would be a better choice. In order to make things fairer it was further decided that in future the website would not be open for conference bookings until after the mailing of paper booking forms had been received.

AIA Practical Day 2019

It was agreed that the North Wales Slate industry would make a suitable subject for investigation. Local contacts would be made, initially by the Chairman.

Planning Casework Report

Amber Patrick has since June commented on seven industrial archaeology cases. Following our last Council meeting Bill Barksfield notified affiliated societies of our planning consent system. This has resulted in three cases being referred to us, two of which Amber has commented on. Council discussed developing better links with the Ancient Monuments Society, the 20th Century Society and the Victorian Society, as well as the Council for British Archaeology, to improve the access to planning cases.

Publication Editors’ Report

Ian Miller reported that the second issue of IA Review for 2018 is progressing and on schedule for the end of November. Two of the articles have already been published online. Meanwhile, the first issue for 2019 is moving forward and will contain articles on a wide variety of subjects. However, some of the articles are delayed for a number of reasons and publication will not be until June. Article downloads for the first six months of 2018 are almost three times as high as the same period in 2017. In total, in the twelve months to end June 2018 there have been 9,800 full downloads of IA Review articles, all producing royalty income for the Association.

Awards

An applicant for a Peter Neaverson Travel Bursary was successful and was granted up to £1,500 to study the physical remains of the 19th century oyster industry in the U.S. The fruits of this research are expected to be published in IA Review.

Field Visits Report

Two Country House Comfort & Convenience tours are planned for 2019, one a new tour, The Weald of Kent and Sussex in June, and a repeat of the tour in the North West in September/October. A spring tour to Hungary is planned for 13th to 19th May 2019. This will cover a wide area of the country stretching from Miskolc and Ozd in the north to Pecs in the south. There are details on the website and an ‘interested’ list is open.

The International Committee for the Conservation of Industrial Heritage (TICCIH)

The next TICCIH congress will be in Montreal, Canada in 2021, by then there will have been several intermediate conferences on specific subjects, such as one in December in Paris on WWI at which event a TICCIH Europe Section will be formed.

Industrial Heritage Support Officer (IHSO)

The former officer, Shane Kelleher left the post in January and has been replaced by Joanna Turska. The project’s Business Plan has been updated and Guidelines for the Industrial Heritage Networks (IHNs) have been drafted. They will be uploaded to the IHSO website and the new IHNs website once both go live.

Facebook Page Statistics

To the end of September, there has been an increase of 265% in posts on the group page and the number of active members was 785.

Next meeting

The next Council meeting will be held in March, 2019 at Leicester University.

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