Industrial Archaeology on an Industrial Scale: The Impact of Developer-funded Work

  You may be familiar with this scene. The last day of a large city centre dig and the site is thronging with locals, young and old. But they haven’t come to see a king under a car park, or indeed a hoard of coins stashed by some long-forgotten Roman. They have come to tour…

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A Priceless but Vulnerable Asset: Valuing and Sustaining Britain’s Industrial Heritage Part 2

This year’s Association for Industrial Archaeology conference seminar looked at the challenges facing the future of industrial heritage and archaeology, in this European year of Industrial Heritage. The first session of the day looked at valuing our industrial heritage (see my previous blog). Keith Falconer, chair of the AIA, introduced the afternoon session on Funding…

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…

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…