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

As part of a long term strategy to review current research into industrial archaeology I’m running a TAG session in December on this very theme. Working with the Association for Industrial Archaeology in 2017 I helped run a seminar at their annual conference on developer-funded industrial archaeology work. As part of AIA’s promotion of the…

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…

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…