Steaming Plant or Steam Punk? Researching Industrial Archaeology in the 21st Century

In my role as Chair of the Association for Industrial Archaeology I’m keen to revisit the way we approach industrial archaeology in the 21st century. Working on the revision of the North West Regional Research Framework Project for the Historic Environment in England has brought home the huge increase in developer-funded archaeology work in industrial…

The Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival 2018

21 June marks the start of the 2018 Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival. Running for four days between the 21 and 24 June, there are events spread across the city region from Wigan to Ashton-under-Lyne, Castleshaw to Warburton. The festival is sponsored by the Centre for Applied Archaeology, in the School of Environment and Life Sciences…

Manchester’s Hidden Past – Saving the City Region’s Archaeology

2020 will mark the 40th anniversary of the founding the Greater Manchester Archaeological Unit, the creation of the County Archaeologist post, and the establishment of the Sites and Monuments Record (now known as the Historic Environment Record) for Greater Manchester. The city region was one of the last counties in Britain to see the emergence…

Revolution: Protecting and Understanding Industrial Archaeology

Industrial archaeology remains the gawky and introverted teenager of the archaeological world – at least in the UK. In Britain it often feels like industrial archaeology (and its sibling Post-medieval Archaeology) is in equal measure misunderstood, ignored or looked-down upon by the academic world. It’s been left to voluntary societies, the profession, local authorities and…

Life and Death in Roman Salford

Archaeological research takes time, especially the post-excavation process. Thus, for this final instalment in my survey of Salford’s early past I’m returning to one of the two Roman rural settlements known from within the city: Barton. For there is now fresh evidence which throws a light on life and death in Roman Salford. A cold,…