We are pleased to announced details of the annual conference for 2015. It will be held at the Black Country Living Museum, Dudley, West Midlands, England from 10-13 September. The themes of the conference are Enjoying the graft-canals and steam p[ower as leisure and heritage attractions, authenticity and utility – the challenges of building conservation on heritage sites, and the Black Country – landscape and identity.

Through a range of papers and two excursions the conference will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about the industry and identity of this part of England. We will also consider the challenges of building conservation on heritage sites and how two key elements of early industrialisation – canals and steam power – now feature strongly as leisure and heritage attractions.

We will be hosted by The Black Country Living Museum in Dudley (http://www.bclm.co.uk).

Further details are available in the Conference programme 2015.