Mills, mining, and more: our past is filled with large industries. Most notably, IHNS celebrates mechanized power and all its results, be it our earliest railways or the turbines that turned our millstones. Some favourite themes among our members include sawmills, steam engines, ship building, and antique automobiles. It is our mandate to document, preserve, and share these stories and technologies or our past, and to explore how these industries have influenced our present and often survive into modern times.
There's more to industrial heritage than factories and mills. Much of our industry could also be found on a smaller scale, limited to an individual, a family business, or in teams of a few local workers. IHNS is dedicated to exploring all forms of our industrial past, giving attention to our coopers, carpenters, blacksmiths, and those who tinkered with the first motorized cars. The industrial revolution may represent a focal point but it is far from the whole story, and nearly every industry has its roots and its legacy in small-scale production. "Mystery tools" presented during our monthly meetings often originate from domestic industries, providing insight into the creative problem-solving that went into many small-scale industries.
Dear Members and Friends,
As announced at our last talk, we have partnered with the Museum of Industry and the Nova Scotia Archaeology Society to put on an artifact cleaning workshop to process some of the hundreds of artifacts that came from our 2016 Albion Mines Foundry dig at the Museum. The event will take place on May 27, 2017, and is a free drop-in event anytime from 10am to 3pm.
Please see the attached poster, and feel free to circulate as you like. This event is ideal for those of you who could not make it to the dig - we hope to see a few of you drop by to see what we have uncovered!