SEP Part 13: Return to New Bailey Prison

  Maintaining law and order in industrialising Britain became a problem in the late 18th century, especially in the rapidly expanding industrial towns and cities. Prison reform was proposed by John Howard in 1777 in his landmark work The State of Prisons. He argued that prisoners could be reformed and morally improved through hard work,…

Walking a Revolution – Industrial Castlefield: DGM Festival 4

  One of the most exciting aspects of putting together this year’s Dig Greater Manchester Archaeology Festival has been seeing the great variety of activities and periods available to explore across the city region. The Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society (https://www.mrias.co.uk/), for instance, are offering a detailed tour of one of the cradles of the…

Stop Obsessing About Stonehenge – the Real Threat is to Lancashire’s World Class Industrial Past

Professional archaeologists should stop obsessing about Stonehenge: the real threat is to our world class industrial heritage. Yet many professional and academic archaeologists don’t seem to know or care….That caught your eye I hope, and it was meant to – here’s why: Helmshore Mills Textile Museum is closed except for pre-booked school visits. Schools are…