My Online Archaeology Courses for the New Year (2021)

Castlefield Canal Basin, Manchester

We have all had to adapt to different ways of communicating in 2020. I have been keen to continue my adult education talks and classes, so ZOOM and MS Teams have become very familiar online tools. With that in mind I have two industrial archaeology courses starting in new year 2021 through the fabulous Workers’ Education Association (WEA). Details and booking links for the two courses are below.

Archaeology: The Industrial Archaeology of Greater Manchester Ref: C3845350 – Five Sessions, starts 12/01/2021, 7pm

This introductory course will look at the surviving physical remains relating to industry in Greater Manchester. Straddling the Irwell and Mersey river basin Greater Manchester lies in the south-western foothills of the Pennines with access to the Irish Sea via the Mersey estuary and the port of Liverpool. The county is rich in minerals and was one of the powerhouses of the industrial revolution, Manchester being the shock city of the early Victorian period. The city was founded by the Romans and in the late medieval and Tudor periods was a small woollen market centre. The import of cotton from the late 17th century and the mid-18th century development of new mechanised textile machinery and availability of cheap water supplies transformed Manchester in the world centre for cotton spinning by the 19th century. This five-week course will cover the physical remains of the cotton textile industry and the support industries of coal mining, engineering, canals and railways.

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Industrial Archaeology Seminar: Tameside’s Park Bridge Ironworks Ref: C3845466: 23/02/2021, One Session, 7pm to 9pm

This session will look at the archaeology of the Park Bridge landscape. It will draw on archaeological work undertaken between 1998 and 2009, and more recent re-assessments. Topics covered will include the coal mines at Fairbottom Bobs and Rocher Pit, the Fairbottom branch of the Ashton Canal, and the Park Bridge Tramway, one of the earliest in the region. At the heart of this important and well-preserved industrial landscape is the Park Bridge Ironworks, founded by Samuel Lees in 1785 and greatly expanded by his wife Hannah, and after whom the family company is named. The Lees manufactured rollers for textile machinery and later proved rivets for the Sydney harbour bridge. They built a factory village and promoted local canals and railways. The works finally closed in 1963 and the landscape became a country park in the 1970s.

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