The Alderley Mines, Climate Change, & Industrial Archaeology

Rising somewhat surprisingly out of the northern Cheshire landscape is the sandstone ridge of Alderley Edge. With its precipitous cliffs hidden in woodland, mineral resources, and links to legend it is an evocative landscape that can draw thousands of people on a cold and wet new year’s day, causing parking havoc in the surrounding country…

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Seasonal Archaeology: the Old Lodge Ironworks in the Snow

Snow is often the archaeologist’s friend, a light dusting emphasising hardly visible earthworks or accenting the sharp lines of a ruinous structure. This is especially true for sites which from spring to autumn are overgrown by scrub or hidden by woodland. The autumnal fall of leaves reveals much of the outline of such monuments but…

40 Years of Saving Greater Manchester’s Industrial Archaeology: A Conversation with Norman Redhead

In the latest installment of the Archaeotea Podcast I talk to Norman Redhead about his career as a planning archaeologist in Greater Manchester, and especially his role in promoting the excavation and exploration of the city region’s industrial archaeology from the 1990s to his retirement in 2021. Norman gave the Brian Grimsditch Community Archaeology Memeorial…

‘Handling the Medieval Past’ Pottery Day

The South Trafford Archaeological Group are running a day school looking at medieval pottery from excavations in Trafford on Saturday 12 November 2022. The aim of the day is to compare the large amount of later medieval pottery from the Timperley Old Hall moated site with other sites of a similar a period from around…

Discussing the Impact of Industrial Heritage and Archaeology on BBC Radio

The BBC has a long history of promoting and highlighting archaeology, and industrial archaeology and heritage in particular, on radio and tv, going back to the 1950s. Mentions of industrial archaeology span such tv documentary programmes as ‘Chronicle’, and ‘Horizon’ in the 1960s and 1970s, and ‘Timewatch’ in the 1990s and 2000s, including a famous…