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…

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…

Speaking up for Industrial Archaeology

Help the Association for Industrial Archaeology save our shared industrial past. Join the Association in a training day aimed at improving our heritage campaigning skills. http://industrial-archaeology.org/aia-practical-weekend-2016-announced/ To explain further. The closure of the Snibston Mining Museum in Leicestershire late last year, the subsequent dispersal of its coal mining collection, and the imminent demolition of the…

A Priceless but Vulnerable Asset: Valuing and Sustaining Britain’s Industrial Heritage Part 2

This year’s Association for Industrial Archaeology conference seminar looked at the challenges facing the future of industrial heritage and archaeology, in this European year of Industrial Heritage. The first session of the day looked at valuing our industrial heritage (see my previous blog). Keith Falconer, chair of the AIA, introduced the afternoon session on Funding…