The Democracy of Ruins

A holiday with the family can be very revealing, not just for family relationships (it’s always interesting watching the children squabbling over whose turn on the trampelene it is or whose fizzy drink that really was) but also being reminded of the child’s viewpoint of heritage. We recently visited three historic sites that demonstrated this…

What’s the Point of Recording 20th Century Industrial Archaeology?

Conferences are one of the ways in which archaeology refreshes itself, through presenting new work, challenging orthodoxy and making new linkages between data and colleagues. This year’s Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) research seminar, part of the Association’s annual conference, had the theme of ‘Archaeological Work on 20th Century Industrial Sites’. 1 All the speakers…