The pool of technical knowledge, skills and experience relating to the country’s industrial heritage has been enlarged thanks to a significant Heritage Lottery Fund grant for the IMATT training scheme. Over five years, between 2007 and 2012, 19 people have benefitted from bursaries allowing them to develop specialist skills ranging from steam engine restoration and textile loom maintenance, to wooden boat conservation.
The scheme was devised and managed by the Hampshire County Council Arts and Museums Service from Winchester, and supported trainees as far afield as Darlington, Wigan, Bradford and Burnley, as well as closer to home in parts of Hampshire and Portsmouth. Many of the trainees are now working in the industrial heritage sector, with some having been taken on by their host organisations and others moving on to similar employers at home and abroad.
We would like to thank the following for providing so much advice, support and enthusiasm for the scheme and their trainees.