Revolution: Protecting and Understanding Industrial Archaeology

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APPG_IH_ReportMay18Industrial 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 some of the statutory heritage bodies (supported by a handful of pioneering academics) to explore, save, and understand Britain’s globally important industrial archaeology.

The popular image is dominated by evocative and massive sites, from bottle kilns and coal mines to railway stations and textile mills. But that is to overlook the archaeology of consumption and mass production, from ceramics to fabrics, and to turn a blind eye to Britain’s controversial role in the slave trade, the development of empire, and globalisation, which are all bound up in the industrialisation process. There’s no doubting, though, that…

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Research Project: Does Accreditation Matter?

Sarah Chard-Cooper is working on a MA dissertation looking at the impact of the loss of the accreditation standard award for museums.  With cuts from central government, funding for councils in general and museums in particular is decreasing and new ways of finding the money to deliver their work are having to be found.  Several councils and university governing bodies in the last decade have looked at their heritage collections to help fill the holes in their budgets.

At times like this the Arts Council, and their predecessor the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA), have withdrawn the museums accreditation.  However there has been no study to see what impact this loss has on a museum.  Sarah’s dissertation will look at the history of accreditation and, through questionnaires, will gauge the opinion of museum professionals on the scheme as a whole and on what difference it makes to them whether a museum has lost their accreditation or not.

Sarah has produced a short survey, accessible at: https://surveyhero.com/c/96680442/2b016ccb6a7bd253 and would be grateful for feedback.

Further information is available at: shcc1=student.le.ac.uk@surveyheromail.com