Seasonal Archaeology: Castlefield

The Castlefield canal basin on a blisteringly hot and sunny late June day is a sound-scape of noise. There’s the water gushing between the canal gates at the Dukes 92 lock, the rumble of cars across the stone sets (not cobbles, please, these are all squared), and the hubbub of voices, sometimes raised in delight,…

Understanding a Revolution: the Archaeology of Industrialsiation

The launch on the 19th April of Industrial Archaeology: A Handbook by the Council for British Archaeology at the Ironbridge Gorge & Museum Trust was one of the milestones in English Heritage’s ‘Industrial Heritage at Risk Year’.1 This 12 month project, launched in October 2011, aims to undertake research to reveal how much of our…