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Project information

Our Asbestos Heritage

This project looks at how asbestos was used in the 20th Century, so that we can both record this period of our industrial history and raise awareness of the legacy. Asbestos was so widely used that there are traces of it in a wide range of locations and we want to highlight where it might be found.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team

Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team logo
  • Need


    People renovating old buildings or collecting vintage items need to know where asbestos was used and where it might be found. Those working in museums or at heritage sites also need to be aware and be mindful when handling items in their archives. People just clearing out an old attic might also come across asbestos without realising and unwittingly release asbestos into the environment.


    By collecting and distributing the relevant information. We are asking people to tell us about where they used asbestos and to share any photographs that they might have. We are posting our findings on a website, Facebook page and Twitter account and preparing a leaflet and display.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise awareness of how and where asbestos was used before it was banned in 1999.


    » Collecting information from people who worked with asbestos and distributing this to a wider audience through a range of media.

    What success will look like

    By the number of people interacting with us, either by sharing their stories or reacting to our information sharing.

  • Impact


    More people will consider asbestos when working with vintage artefacts or old buildings.


    There are no risks. We have a wide network and we are a well established organisation.


    They will be able to see the website and social media pages and watch how the project progresses.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £1,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 Admin Printing and posting questionnaires, leaflets
  • Background


    We are based in Chesterfield, Derbyshire but we have no limits on where we draw source material from.



  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We work with asbestos victims so we have a large pool of people able to share their experiences with us, and who are keen to help raise awareness of asbestos.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Sarah Walters

    Sarah is running this project, and is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to do so.