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…

Celebrating the work of the South Trafford Archaeology Group

This year’s annual Festival of British Archaeology is nearly upon us. Running from 14 July to 29 July, and coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, this is a chance to celebrate some of the best sites, organisations and finds in British archaeology, through more than 750 dedicated events including behind the scenes tours, walks,…

I Dig Newton

Archaeology can provide instant results and reward long, painstaking, research. The discovery of two Viking-era hoards from Lancashire and Cumbria in 2011 (the Silverdale and Furness Hoards respectively)1 provide evidence of the former and the recent community excavation at Newton Hall the latter. My association with Newton Hall goes back more years than I can…

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…