ERIH UK Chapter Meeting, 5th April 2017

The Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands was the venue for the ERIH UK 2017 Spring Meeting.

The Black Country Living Museum in Dudley, West Midlands was the venue for the ERIH UK 2017 Spring Meeting on 5th April. This award winning, open air museum, which is a member of the ERIH network, tells the story of the Black Country and its contribution to the Industrial Revolution.

The morning session of the meeting, attended by over 25 people, focused on the theme of Regional Routes and Networks of Industrial Heritage.

Jonathan Lloyd, ERIH Coordinator for the UK and Ireland, gave an introductory presentation about the concept of ERIH Regional Routes. This was followed by a presentation by Adam Hajduga, Vice President of ERIH, about the Industrial Monuments Route in Poland. Adam explained how the route had been set up and the benefits it has brought to the region. Shane Kelleher, Industrial Heritage Support Officer for England, then gave a presentation about his work which includes establishing regional networks for industrial heritage which focus on sharing of experience and good practice. The morning session ended with group discussions about the potential for creating a route of industrial heritage for the West Midlands or the Black Country.

In the afternoon, the focus was social media and digital technology when Sarah Hayes, Museum Manager at the Coffin Works in Birmingham, gave  a presentation about how she has used social media to great advantage in raising the museum’s profile and also increasing the engagement of volunteers with the site.

The day ended with a walk around the open air Museum.

The presentations  are available on the downloads page ("Presentations on ERIH Events").

Future ERIH UK Chapter Meetings during 2017:
3rd July, Belfast
25th October, Verdant Works, Dundee

For more information please contact the ERIH Coordinator on uk@erih.net

Jonathan Lloyd
ERIH Coordinator, UK and Ireland