Industrial Heritage Nova Scotia (IHNS) was founded in 1996 to bring together people interested in the preservation and interpretation of Nova Scotia's rich industrial past. Our group meets to present and discuss our common history, visit sites and undertake site recording using archaeological techniques. Industrial heritage consists of the remains of industrial culture which are of historical, technological, social, architectural or scientific value. We are also interested in industrial archaeology, an interdisciplinary method for studying documents, artifacts, human settlements, and landscapes created for or by industrial processes.
Our fall schedule of public talks begins on Monday, October 1, 2018, 7:30 sharp, at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. Scheduled talks for the fall will include:
October 1 The Dartmouth Refinery and Fort Clarence
November 5 The Industrial Heritage of Pictou County
December 3 The Industries of Bridgewater
Dear Members and Friends of IHNS,
Summer for IHNS (and some of its members) passed in a blur of archaeology as work continued on the excavation of the 1827 General Mining Association Foundry in the grounds of the Museum of Industry. Our final week of digging, funded through our Cultural Innovation Fund, will take place next week. We have uncovered quite a bit of the ‘needle’ but the ‘haystack’ is remaining coy, and I suspect will probably remain so until next year. We are looking forward to presenting a full report to you regarding our progress and plans over the winter when we have prepared our reports.
Meanwhile, another season of winter activities begins on Monday October 1, with a talk by Dartmouth historian David Jones on the now archaeological remains of Fort Clarence which was first established in 1754 and covered in dirt in the 1940s as the Esso refinery expanded. The fort, rebuilt in stone in the 1860s, had an important role in the development of Dartmouth and contained some interesting examples of military engineering. A local initiative to uncover the fort is being promoted.
The IHNS Board looks forward to your company during our winter season of activities, and your ongoing support of our work.
See you in October.
Industrial Heritage Nova Scotia