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Annual Conference of the Association for Industrial Archaeology

August 31, 2018 - September 5, 2018

The week-long annual conference of the Association for Industrial Archaeology in the University of Nottingham in September 2018 showcases the current revision of the Research Frameworks on the archaeology of post-medieval period; makes numerous awards in the field of Industrial heritage; and celebrates the heritage of the local area.

University of Nottingham

Friday 31st August – Tuesday 4th September 2018

The weekend will commence with a seminar on the Friday :

‘Steaming Ahead: research strategies and research frameworks in Industrial Archaeology’

The seminar will compare current approaches to research strategies in industrial archaeology in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.

  • Historic England are currently reviewing their existing strategies and Dan Miles will discuss the review of research frameworks for the historic environment in England, with case studies from north-west England and the East Midlands, led by Mike Nevell and David Knight.
  • Stella Jackson from the University of Liverpool will talk about HistBEKE, a project aiming to provide a knowledge exchange network for the historic built environment.
  • The project to revise research frameworks in Scotland, ScARF, is being led by the Scottish Society of Antiquaries and one of their staff will talk about this
  • From Wales David Gwyn will discuss the strategy for the current bid for the Slate Industry of North Wales to be recognised as a World Heritage Site.
  • Colin Rynne from Cork will provide the Irish perspective.

This promises to be an exciting and informative day, and attendance can be booked either as part of the AIA conference or separately for day delegates. Click here for the online booking link 

The formal conference will commence on Friday evening

 Saturday will begin with four lectures on local IA in the morning followed, after lunch, by the presentations of and to the award winners. As is usual there will be an opportunity for members to make short contributions. Saturday concludes with the Conference Dinner.

On Sunday morning the AGM will be followed by the annual Rolt Lecture being given by Geoffrey Stell of the University of Edinburgh entitled ‘Science and Engineering at War: Scapa Flow, 1939-45’. Our speaker knew Tom Rolt and was anxious to give his lecture to the Association for Industrial Archaeology since Tom was its first President.

Following this, the conference will take its normal course of lectures and visits

  • The only remaining bell foundry in the UK, Taylor’s of Loughborough
  • Rotative beam engines at both Abbey Lane Pumping Station in Leicester and Papplewick Pumping Station in Nottinghamshire
  • Colliery winding engines
  • The unique Bennerley Railway Viaduct in the Erewash Valley
  • A visit to the canal port of Newark-on Trent with a boat trip on the river
  • A walk inside the Glenfield Tunnel on the Leicestershire and Swannington Railway, Britain’s third locomotive railway engineered by the Stephensons
  • A windmill incorporating a science centre




August 31, 2018
September 5, 2018
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