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STICK sends out entertaining and, we hope, informative items on various subjects of interest to our network. Please contribute your own news - in good time, please - to:

We will also be using social media such as Twitter to keep in touch. Any time-dependent items (such as online events) that come to our attention will be sent out as separate mailings if considered to be of interest.

The next newsletter deadline: 31st July 2021.

“Taking off against the wind”: RESILIENCE - How industrial heritage sites accepted the pandemic challenge and survived the crisis

European Route of Industrial Heritage (ERIH) 17th Annual Conference 2021 and Call for Papers

The ERIH Annual Conference has been held every year since 2005. Participants include experts from industrial heritage sites museums, tourism organisations, monument protection, public authorities, agencies and academia. The conference language is English. The topic of this year’s conference is “Resilience”. The event will explore how industrial heritage sites have survived the Covid-19 pandemic and developed interesting and imaginative ideas for ongoing development in a post-pandemic world.

Conference Venue and date: At present, it is proposed that, subject to Covid restrictions, the conference will be held on Thursday 7th October 2021 as a hybrid event; in-person at the ERIH Anchor Point, Museum of Industry, Ghent, Belgium and online. A decision on whether the in-person part of the event will be able to take place will be taken by end of August 2021.

Call for Papers: Resilience is defined as “being able to recover quickly from difficulty or distress”. This year’s conference provides a timely opportunity to share experience on how sites and attractions are recovering from the impact of Covid and extended periods of closure. The conference will also explore ways to mitigate against wider and long-term impacts on the protection and promotion of our industrial heritage. ERIH are calling for papers on how sites can successfully rise to the challenge of the “new normal” with imaginative and effective responses which can provide inspiration for all concerned with the future of the heritage sector.

The closing date for submission of papers is Monday 19th July 2021. For more information see here.

Demonstrating organisational impact with archives

The second in a series of webinars about demonstrating impact through archives, this time focusing on institutional impact.

About this event

Ever wondered what type of impact your archive is having, or how better to articulate your archive's value? This webinar - following on from the first impact webinar in February 2021 - will explore how archives demonstrate institutional impact in alignment with organisational goals. With speakers from charity and business archives, we will discuss how archives can work to showcase impact in different ways. The speakers will include representatives from the Guardian News & Media Archive, Leonard Cheshire Archives, and Sainsbury Archive. Archivists from all parts of the sector must increasingly align their activities with their organisation’s business plan and core values to ensure that the archive is seen as a valuable asset. There are many ways in which archives have value, both in cultural and economic terms.

This event is open to all parts of the archives workforce. There will be breakout sessions to talk to fellow attendees and meet other people. The event will be hosted on Zoom and attendees will be contacted prior to the event with an invite link and joining details. Book here.

Maid of the Loch - news

Maid of the Loch will be slipped on Wednesday 14th July 2021, weather permitting. The team aim to repair her hull when she is hauled out of the Loch Lomond and onto the slipway. The Maid is closed at the moment but full details of the slipway attraction will be posted on the Maid website here soon.

Go Industrial: Support Industrial Museums!

Now that restrictions are easing, make it a goal to visit your local industrial museum to show your support. Everything from coal to shale, to ships and looms, there is a world of industrial goodies awaiting you. See GoIndustrial for all you need to know for a ‘rivetting day out’.

STICK’s online Spring 2021 event and AGM fell on 22nd April, also International Earth Day. Focussing on the themes of the future of heritage combustion engines and green initiatives, the event explored justifying, offsetting or sustainably running engines, navigating new climate regulations at local and national levels, funding partnerships, and the future of running heritage engines.

The free conference was held online via Zoom on 22 April 2021 and a video of the proceedings can be viewed at Burning Issues: The Future of Fossil Fuels in Heritage | STICK (

Odds and Ends

The Dorothée Pullinger exhibition continues at the Devil’s Porridge Museum, Eastriggs, Dumfries and Galloway until 1st September 2021. The story of trailblazing car engineer Dorothée Pullinger is the focus of a fascinating new exhibition, brought together by the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) and The Devil’s Porridge Museum. See also: Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame to learn more about Dorothée Pullinger and her work in car design with the Galloway Engineering Company. She also had links to Arrol Johnston car factory in Heathhall, Dumfries (see STICK Knowledge 34).

The Grampian Transport Museum , Alford, Aberdeenshire is inviting British vehicle owners to muster in the museum arena to show their support for the GTM at this difficult time. The ‘MUSTER’ is a chance to dust off and show off your vintage or classic vehicle while you visit the museum. GTM will park you up with ample spacing to reduce CV19 risks and perhaps to enjoy a picnic lunch! Book here.

The National Mining Museum Scotland is running a summer of play for children. For further information see here.

The Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther, Fife is one of 14 museums across the UK to benefit from UK Research and Innovation and Arts and Humanities Research Council investment that will help shape the future of UK museums.

Using the power of digital connection, the Scottish Fisheries Museum Trust will reveal the stories caught within their photographic archive. This 12-month project will crowd-source information and data to produce a newly digitised nationally-significant photographic archive. For more information see here.

The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund is supporting museums to explore digital innovations such as bespoke video games and telepresence robot guides. The Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund is a collaboration between UKRI-AHRC and The Museum’s Association. The SFM will be working on their photography collections. Full details of the Digital Innovation and Engagement Fund recipients can be found at:

The Scottish Maritime Museum Dumbarton is running Woven Waves: The Jutland Tapestries showcases artist Katie Russell’s series of tapestry weavings inspired by the Battle of Jutland until 21st September 2021. The battle took place 31st May to 1st June 1916 off the west coast of Denmark’s Jutland peninsula between the main British and German battle fleets. It was the largest battle of the First World War with 250 ships and over 100,000 men participating. This innovative exhibition weaves together naval history, science and art. Visitors will gain insight into Katie’s research undertaken at the Sea War Museum Jutland. Through a series of objects and artworks the history of tapestry weaving is explored. Also on display for the first time in the Scotland are the extraordinary multibeam scans of the Battle of Jutland shipwrecks from the nautical archaeology expedition that marked the battle’s centenary in 2016. See here for more information.

Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life, Lanarkshire has six speedway bikes on display alongside speedway equipment, programmes, badges and magazines from the era when speedway was a popular night out in Motherwell and Coatbridge. The Cinder Kings exhibition is organised by Learning & Access Officer, David McDonald, alongside a group of local speedway enthusiasts. The group run a monthly Speedway Memories Reminiscence Meeting where local speedway fans can get together and talk speedway or watch films of past races.

See here for more information.

Verdant Works, Henderson Wynd, Dundee is exhibiting the Scottish Diaspora Tapestry for the very first time after a worldwide tour. Bringing together artists and communities from 34 countries across the globe, the tapestry explores the vast connections Scots have with the rest of the world. The tapestry is so huge that it will be shown in two parts. The first will focus on Europe, The Baltics and America and will be open to the public between May 28th and July 20th 2021. Part two will focus on South Asia, Australia, Africa and the UK and will run between July 22nd and September 12th 2021. For more information on the tapestry click here.

The Council for British Archaeology’s Festival of Archaeology starts 17th July 2021 with its theme ‘Exploring Local Places’: see Welcome | Festival of Archaeology ( for more information.

The STICK Committee.

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