ICON have secured funding from the Heritage Innovation Fund, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to investigate skill shortages in the conservation of industrial heritage collections. ICON have announced they will be creating a steering group, formed of employers, client bodies and practitioners, to consider the following questions:
- What is the full level of demand for engineering and industrial heritage conservation for the scale of the collections in the UK?
- What are the different training models available, and how suitable are they to the profile of entrants into the sector and the needs of employers?
- How can the knowledge of existing practitioners be appropriately documented and transferred to ensure that existing knowledge and understanding is not lost?
- How can we ensure that solutions developed are sustainable and can be maintained long term?
If you wish to join the panel investigating this work or have any comments to share, please get in touch with ICON by emailing email@example.com.