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Job Vacancy: Industrial Heritage Support Officer

Details of a vacancy offered by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust.

In partnership with English Heritage, the Association of Independent Museums and the Association for Industrial Archaeology, applications are invited for the following position:


Salary £c.27k, until 31 March 2020, Fixed Term Post, based at Coalbrookdale, Shropshire

The post-holder will deliver a national strategy providing England-wide support to improve the capacity, sustainability and conservation standards of preserved industrial sites with public access. They will maintain and create networks of relevant stakeholders and grant providers that is sustainable beyond the life of the project.   They will identify support mechanisms and sources of funding along with community groups & volunteers who could be engaged with the long-term care of the identified sites. The role would suit a graduate, museums or heritage professional who has experience of either the conservation, management or operation of heritage sites, ideally industrial in focus, knowledge of appropriate funding streams and experience of setting up support networks.

 Applicants for this position must hold a full driving licence and have access to their own transport.

 Applications are by covering letter and application form, closing date Monday 15 January 2018, 9:00am.

 To request a Job Description and application form please contact Roger Clark, HR Officer at the e-mail address below.

Please note C.V.s are not acceptable. Previous applicants need not apply.

Roger Clark, HR Officer, e-mail: recruitment@ironbridge.org.uk

The IRONBRIDGE GORGE MUSEUMS Coach Road Coalbrookdale Telford Shropshire TF8 7DQ

Tel:  01952 435900 www.ironbridge.org.uk

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants with the appropriate skills and abilities will be guaranteed an interview if they have a disability.



1920’s Drummond Lathe offered for donation

ABTEM have been asked if they could help find a home for a Drummond ‘M’ type 3.5inch centre lathe.  It is a treadle lathe probably purchased in early 1920s.

It has been kept oiled and still turns and also has the tools that come with it along with it’s handbook and original receipt.

The lathe is being offered free of charge but would need to be collected from Colchester in Essex.

If anyone is interested in this opportunity, please contact ABTEM Chairman Tim Bryan (tim.bryan@britishmotormuseum.co.uk) 

The Death of the Machine? Book Now for the ABTEM Autumn Seminar

THE DEATH OF THE MACHINE?  What future for machines in museum collections?

Thursday 3rd November: Dana Centre, Science Museum London

Our Autumn Meeting will look at the current status of industrial machinery in UK museums and ask whether the long-term sustainability of machinery collections could or indeed should be ensured.

The UK’s remaining industrial collections are faced with significant threats to their survival, and these show little sign of abating. Current challenges include:

Ongoing funding cuts, the demise of industrial-collection-specialist curators and conservators, nationwide deindustrialisation and the rapid growth in automation, and education curriculums offering fewer opportunities to learn about industrial machinery.

Will the rise of what has been described as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, where emerging technologies begin to blur the lines between the physical and digital realms, cast a shadow over the machines of former industrial ages, and send industrial collections further into obscurity, or can museums embrace the technological revolution to revive and enhance interest in machines that revolutionized the 18th and 19th centuries?

What’s more, should they? With a decline in industrial collecting opportunities and a growing movement for community-driven museums, might there be a case for mothballing machinery collections and focussing on user participation – with increased access initiatives in the form of working-exhibit rides and demonstrations, and tours and activities behind the scenes?

The meeting will also include the ABTEM Annual General Meeting

Provisional Programme

10:00 – Registration, tea, coffee and biscuits

10:45 – Introduction – Jack Kirby (Head of Collections, Science Museum)

11:00 – Tim Bryan (Chair, ABTEM)

‘ABTEM’s Larger and Working Objects Project’

11:30 – Oliver Green, (freelance, former Head Curator, London Transport Museum)

‘Thoughts on the future for industrial & transport museums’

12:00 – Ben Russell (Curator of Mechanical Engineering, Science Museum)

‘The Raid on Raglan: the commemorative role of machines in museums’

12:45 – Lunch

1:45 – Laura Musgrave (former Engagement Officer, Coventry Transport Museum)

‘The redevelopment of Coventry Transport Museum – how people’s stories took centre stage’

2:00 – Daniel Martin (Curator, Museum of Making, Derby)

‘Taking a co-productive approach at the Museum of Making’

2:15 – Open discussion and debate with speakers

3:15 – Tea/coffee/biscuits

3:45 – ABTEM AGM

4:15 – End

To book, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/abtem-autumn-seminar-the-death-of-the-machine-tickets-28451149153



ABTEM AWARDED £47,645 in second round of Arts Council England Museum Resilience Fund

Arts Council England announced on Tuesday that 94 museums and organisations will receive a total of £12,271,676 in the second round of the Museum Resilience Fund.  The fund aims to support museums to become more sustainable and resilient businesses.

We are really please to announce that the Association of British Transport & Engineering Museums (ABTEM) has been awarded £47,645 and will use this investment to help support the preservation of historical collection across the country which tell the story of Britain’s important industrial and transport heritage. The grant will fund the production of a  new toolkit that will provide guidelines for the care and operation of larger and working objects. It will available as a free download with a hard copy option available via a print on demand service.  The toolkit will be an updated version of the MGC Standards in the Museum Care and Operation of Larger & Working Objects. Arts Council England funded a feasibility study undertaken by ABTEM in 2015 and this additional grant will enable the project to be completed by 2018.

The project will begin in October and more details will be available in due course.

Speaking about the fund, John Orna-Ornstein, Director of Museums at Arts Council England said: “The focus of our investment approach for museums in 2015-18 is on building a more resilient sector. The Museum Resilience Fund is a key part of that, providing vital support to museums right across the country. The fund responds directly to the challenges facing museums like those in Lancashire and Kirklees, and also supports major strategic initiatives such as the Museums Association’s Transformers programme.”

Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, said: “We have a world-leading museums sector that protects and preserves our history, while also attracting millions of visitors every year.

“We want our museums to continue to thrive and this important fund will help them become more resilient and sustainable in the years to come.”

The programme complements the Arts Council’s investment in Major Partner Museums, the Museum development fund and national programmes, and will focus on any gaps (geographical or otherwise) or development opportunities across the sector.

In the last two rounds the Arts Council has awarded museums £30 million through the Museum Resilience Fund. A full list of successful applicants and further details can be found here.




ABTEM member the Underfall Yard visitor centre, at the heart of Bristol’s Floating Harbour, is due to open this Easter marking a key milestone in an ambitious £4 million project. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) supported initiative is also securing the future of the historic industrial buildings and boatyard, with sensitive repairs and solar panelling.

Housed in the Grade 2* listed Power House, the visitor centre retells the story of Victorian engineering, which still protects the city from flooding today. It shines a light on the famous engineers linked with Underfall Yard – William Jessop and Isambard Kingdom Brunel – as well as the largely-forgotten John Ward Girdlestone who built the slipway and most of the beautifully-designed buildings.

Funding for the Underfall Yard Trust has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Biffa Award, through the Association of Independent Museums as part of the National Heritage Landmarks Scheme, The Wolfson Foundation, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Headley Trust, The Pilgrim Trust, J Paul Getty Foundation and many other generous organisations and individuals, with support from Bristol City Council.

More information about this amazing project is available at: underfallboatyard.co.uk or follow @theunderfall on Twitter.


Working Collections Officer Vacancy – Abbey Pumping Station Leicester

Leicester City Council Arts and Museums are currently looking to recruit a “Working Collections Technical Officer” to work at the Abbey Pumping Station.

Details of the job can be found at: https://secure.leicester.gov.uk/managerial-professional-working-collections-technical-officer/16076.job

The closing date is the end of the month.