This is the website of the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA), which is a British national organisation for those who share an interest in Britain's industrial past. It brings together people who are researching, recording, preserving and presenting Britain's industrial heritage. The Association also monitors applications to alter or demolish industrial sites or buildings. The website provides information about the Association's work; membership; links to relevant online resources; and lists of associated organisations.
The website "Croness Pumping Station" is published by the Crossness Engines Trust, and is part of the National Grid for Learning. The site covers the history of the Crossness Pumping station, built in 1865 by Joseph Bazalgette as part of London's new drainage system. There is a sizeable section on the pumping station's history, taken from Ian G. Hampson's 'A popular history of Crossness'. This covers the building and it's engines, as well as including a biography of Joseph Bazalgette, and information on the state of London's sanitation and public health in the Victorian age. There is also information about the Trust and it's work to restore Crossness since the 1980s.
This is the website of the Ansaldo Foundation, created by the Finmeccanica Group, with contributions from the Regione Liguria, the Provincia di Genova and Comune di Genova. It makes available online a selection of resources originating from the rich documentary patrimony of the Foundation, all deriving from the multifarious activities of the Ansaldo Group and of the various other business companies it controlled over the years. The website - which at time of review appeared to be lacking completion in some areas - provides access to the inventories of the Foundation's archives. Sixteen archival fonds are listed and their contents described. The rich photographic collection of the Foundation is drawn upon and several images can be viewed online. Under the heading "Fonti orali" a list of recorded sources is available, such as: interviews, debates and conferences. In a few cases users can access and listen to the recordings online. The Foundation's film library has been augmented from the original Ansaldo repository to include several additional collections. It comprises film reels dating from 1910 to the present day. At time of review a single sample appears to be available online. The Foundation also preserves examples of naval registers, shares, bonds, technical and industrial drawings. The website gives details of events, past and forthcoming, organised by the Foundation. The site homepage presents a link to the online journal "Cultura e impresa" co-published by the Ansaldo Foundation and the Milan based Centro per la cultura d'impresa. All issues published from 2004 onward are available to read. This website - despite present incompleteness - represents a valuable source on Italian history and its industrial heritage.
The Greater London Industrial Archaeology Society (GLIAS) was founded in 1968 to record the industrial history of London and deposit these records with national and local museums and archives. The Society also offers advice on the restoration and preservation of historic industrial buildings and machinery. The GLIAS website provides information on the Society's activities, such as walks, lectures and recording groups, as well as educational courses run by members of the Society and a 'noticeboard' section highlighting other events held in London and across the country. In terms of publications, the GLIAS website contains the Society's bi-monthly newsletter in HTML format and archives of these back to February 1996. GLIAS also publishes a number of books and leaflets and also reviews publications, archives of which can be found on the website. The website also contains an extensive themed links section as well as a list of committee members and contact details. A significant part of the Society's work is the GLIAS Database. The award-winning database, although unavailable online, contains information on over 2000 sites in Greater London together with over 100 images, 470 articles, and over 200 links to websites as well as a glossary section and a range of search tools. The database is made available to Society members who can then install it on their own machines and add their own records. These records are then sent to the master database which is updated accordingly. The GLIAS website is extremely easy to use. At the time of review, warnings about the safety of the website reported by Firefox could not be confirmed.
The Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society (formerly Southampton University Industrial Archaeology Group) is interested in all aspects of Hampshire's Industrial Archaeology. Their activities have included surveys and studies of mills, breweries, brickworks, farm buildings, transport related items, and various associated artefacts. A list of projects gives very brief information on activities being undertaken by the group. Some of the projects mentioned on the site include photographs. There is also information on publications by members of the group and on the annual HIAS/SUIAG journal, including the contents of the most recent issue. The website also advertises forthcoming meetings and exhibitions that may be of interest to members.
This is the website of The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust (Shropshire), among the best UK Outdoor Attractions chosen by the Which? Guide, and The Family Attraction of the Year in the 2003 Good Britain Guide, that describes the reconstructed Victorian village at Blists Hill as "the undoubted highlight" of "the best open-air museum of its kind". This Gorge of the River Severn is a UNESCO World Heritage Site - a testament to the area's heritage but also the work of the trust to conserve, manage and interpret its history. It is an area likened to the "Silicon Valley of the Industrial Revolution" - the site of the first cast-iron bridge built in 1779 by the grandson of the first Abraham Darby, who had made the vital breakthrough of successfully smelting iron with coke. The website provides visitor and collections information about the museums including: The Iron Bridge and Tollhouse; Blists Hill Victorian Town; Iron and Darby Furnace; the Darby Houses; the Gorge; Coalport china; Jackfield Tiles; Broseley Pipeworks; and Clay tobacco pipes. The Ironbridge Institute, linked to from this website, is a partnership between the University of Birmingham and the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust, building on their experience of Heritage Management to provide taught postgraduate courses in Heritage Management and Industrial archaeology. Online, to assist teachers linking their classroom work with their visit to the museums, a series of educational resources are provided by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum's Education Department, for teachers of Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 studying History, Art and Design, Science, Design and Technology and Citizenship are provided online. They include some focussing on the Victorians, family history, local history, social history, for example, and many relating to Coalport china.
This is the website of The Ironbridge Institute which, (as a partnership between the University of Birmingham, The Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity and the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust), teaches postgraduate courses in heritage management and industrial archaeology, and Museum Association accredited museums management courses. The Ironbridge Gorge Museum and its associated Trust has become a centre of excellence for the conservation and management of a whole historic landscape, for the benefit of residents and visitors, and the Institute teaches students and facilitates studying for a higher degree by research, based around this "heritage".The website provides some information about the courses: Heritage Management (appropriate for people working or planning to work in conservation and recording agencies, museums, tourism, environmental education, archaeology, landscape design and planning); the industrial archaeology elements prepare students to manage monuments of the industrial age and their associated landscapes in a modern environment. Also provided are brief details of: sources for funding and career prospects, always issues for a postgraduate student; the Institute's consultancy work, including mention of the extensive archives of photographs and material collected as part of this work. The Institute's Coalbrookdale campus is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Trust at the site of the Iron Bridge, spanning the River Severn at Ironbridge in Shropshire. This bridge is recognised as a totem of the Industrial Revolution, built in 1779 for Abraham Darby III.
The Nailsea Glassworks archive consists of a study of the glassworks in five principal parts: an introduction to the glassworks, a desk-top study, a summary of the known archaeological interventions between 1975 and 2004, a review of the technology, and the 'Human Story' (the economic and social impact of the glassworks). The Nailsea Glassworks, which was established in 1788 and operated until 1873, was regarded as one of the most significant glasswork in the UK during its time. Informal archaeology began on the site in 1975 and was soon followed by more serious investigations, carried out in response to development proposals, from 1983 onwards. The study presented in this archive was carried out by Andrew Smith and the Avon Archaeological Unit in response to the successful proposal put forward by Tesco Stores, Ltd (who have also sponsored this study). The website is easily navigable and is contained within one page. All files are available to download in PDF format and either as single large files (with internal links and for download over broadband/fast Internet connection) or as smaller chunks for dial-up Internet users. All downloadable files are described in terms of content or page numbers and users are required to accept the ADS terms and conditions prior to accessing the resource.
Since its establishment in 1979, the National Association of Mining History Organisations has supported the study of mining history and archaeology in the United Kingdom and Ireland from the prehistoric period to the present. This valuable website provides practical guidelines and research advice to individuals and groups wishing to study the history of mining and to explore the sites of former mining activity. It aims to connect the many local and national groups interested in mining remains, from industrial archaeology enthusiasts to cavers to academic and commercial bodies, and provides a full list (with weblinks) of its members. The Association's newsletter is provided online from 2001 and there are details of an email discussion group to which interested parties can subscribe. The guidelines, which can be downloaded as PDF files, include detailed essays on recording the underground archaeology of mines and on removing artefacts as well as advice on library and archive research. Also provided is information on practical matters such as insurance and how to establish and maintain good relations with landowners and custodians of mining sites as well as an extensive series of weblinks to societies and institutions from all over the world. The links section lists the mining history associations and organisation in the UK. This resource will benefit a wide constituency, from the interested amateur to academics studying the history and archaeology of extractive industries.
The North-East Industrial Archaeology Panel for the Council for British Archaeology covers Yorkshire and the north-east of England. It has members from statutory and voluntary organisations and meets twice a year; the panel also looks critically at policies that affect industrial remains. The website includes Sources of Information for research into industrial history including bibliographical sources; contact details of relevant archives; websites; serial and occasional publications; and a short bibliography of relevant contemporary accounts. The bibliographies may be useful to researchers.
The Papplewick Pumping Station website publishes information on the complete Victorian Water Works built between 1882 and 1884 to supplement the water supply for Nottingham. Of particular interest are two massive beam pumping engines, thought to be the last built by the famous firm of James Watt & Co. of Soho Works, Birmingham and London. Most of the contents of this website consist of pictures and practical information, but there are also some hard facts. Students in particular may find this website useful.
This museum site includes technical data in the form of diagrams, photographs, specifications and descriptions of how the engines work. There are short video clips of working engines and abridged and extensive histories of Nottingham water supply from 19th century onwards as well as a picture gallery of restoration work and links to related sites.Papplewick Pumping Station, a registered charity, is the only Victorian water works in the Midlands to be preserved as a complete working water pumping station. It contains the original in-situ Watts rotative beam engines which pumped water to supply Nottingham plus other steam engines.
This website presents details of events, research and work in progress in the field of mining history and archaeology. The site presents brief reports on current investigations; book reviews; a list of mines in North Devon which can be accessed by the mine or company name, grid reference or parish. At the time of review, the material on the site is restricted to Devon and South Wales. The website also gives primary sources on mining history and links to other online sources of relevant information. Both students and researchers may find this website useful.
This website provides a one-page summary of an archaeological project carried out at ar-Raqqa, otherwise known as "The Morass", in north central Syria. The site was first settled in the third century BCE and is located at the junction of the Euphrates and Balikh rivers. It was initially named "Nikephorion", but was invaded by Muslim forces in 640 AD and then reconstructed as an important military centre, which gained a reputation as a centre of Islam. There was evidence at the site of a large industrial area which produced glass and ceramics. The project aims to locate the industrial centre in its environmental context. It received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Research Grants scheme.
This website publishes information on the use of Purbeck Marble and Kimmeridge shale during the Roman Period. The website contains a paper "Quarry industries of Purbeck in the Roman period" and a database of Purbeck limestone in Roman contexts. The database (aimed primarily at researchers) consists of lists of vessels and building materials made of Purbeck limestone, inscriptions, building materials and architectural fragments, statuary, stoneworking tools, and other categories of materials. Each list gives the site and findspot location of the object, a description, published sources and varying other items of information. This resource may be useful to both researchers and students.
This archived website details an investigation carried out by the Bournemouth University School of Conservation Sciences into the Dorchester Roman Aqueduct at the sites of Fordington Bottom and Muckleford. The aim of the investigation was to examine the reasons for a change in design of the aqueduct at a specific point. Small excavations revealed multiple phases in the construction of the aqueduct. Plans show the course of the aqueduct and the construction phases are illustrated by sections. Since the website is currently accessible only via the Internet archive, some pictures and links may not work as intended.
Rosetta is a postgraduate journal published by students at the University of Birmingham. It represents the diversity of studies at the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity with papers on archaeological, historical and classical topics, including Mesopotamian studies; industrial archaeology and Byzantine studies. The journal welcomes submissions from postgraduate students. At the time of review, the first issue ad been published with illustrated articles; personal experiences (e.g. Simon Buteux's "Thirty Years of Birmingham Archaeology: A Career in Ruins"); book and conference reviews. The papers contain maps and videos and can be easily printed using the version in PDF format. The journal is edited by postgraduate students and publishes unfinished research being carried out at postgraduate level, but the papers appear fresh and stimulating.
SINE is a lottery-funded online database of searchable images featuring the architectural and structural heritage of Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, Durham and Teesside in the North East of England, much of which has been threatened, significantly altered or destroyed as a result of economic developments in the past 30 years. The site was a project of the University of Newcastle on Tyne. The photographs are divided into a series of key categories which illustrate various aspects of the historic environment such as industrial architecture, public monuments, the social history of Newcastle and the North East and the archaeological heritage of the region. The photographic corpus derives from a series of public and private collections. The Stafford Linsley Collection of industrial archaeology is complemented by aerial images from the Norman McCord Collection and several artistic representations of buildings and working activities by Victorian 'gentleman' painter William Henry Charlton (1846-1918). The project also includes news items relating to the SINE archive and its work, including stories relating to the state of preservation of buildings featured in the archive which complements the important section documenting construction and demolition within the project area. The database can be browsed or searched by a wide range of categories such as structure type and materials (based on the English Heritage NMR Thesaurus) and location. An interACTIVE Zone presents the material in an attractive and fun way, in which children can explore the gallery or take learning journeys. Other projects include the digitising of the Lambeth Palace Library archive of church plans. The projects is now concluded and the site has last been updated in 2004. This database has a broad potential constituency of users, from architectural and social historians to mediaeval and post-mediaeval archaeologists and heritage management professionals.
The "Supporting Community Archaeology in the UK" website produced by for The Council for British Archaeology (CBA) publishes an updated report (in PDF format) by Dr Suzie Thomas entitled "Community Archaeology in the UK: Recent Findings". The report concludes that in 2010 up to 215,000 individuals may be available to be involved in such projects, a resource to be assessed against the declining role of universities in excavations due to funding cuts.Professional archaeologists are usually in charge of such projects, but excavation only accounts for about 410f such projects and it is emphasised in the report that the skills brought by volunteers are often ignored. "Popular activities [among the volunteers] include recording through photography, attending talks or lectures, lobbying on heritage issues, and fieldwalking". The sustainability of the projects is a serious concern. Local conditions and communities affect deeply such projects and their outcomes.
The website also includes a blog and a series of presentations (also in PDF format) from a workshop on the subject. Anyone interested in archaeology in the UK or anywhere else should read the report as community archaeology offers great potential that has not been fully recognised or tapped yet.
This is the website of the Sydney Cyprus Survey Project. Originally based at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, the Sydney Cyprus Survey Project aims to examine settlement hierarchy, mining and agricultural practices and the regional context of human activity in the Troodos foothills area of Cyprus. Now based at Glasgow University, the project has undergone five seasons of field research and one study season. Available from the webpage is an introduction covering the project's aims, methodologies and a brief overview of previous seasons' results. More detailed field reports are also available, supported by maps and images. Data from the project have been archived by the ADS. This website provides some useful information on the project for both researchers and students.
In 1948, the ploughing of a field near Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, exposed a patch of dark soil containing a dense scatter of clay tobacco pipes. These webpages, hosted by the Archaeology Data Service, provide access to the report detailing the preliminary archaeological investigations into the site.Despite its early discovery, the site at Barnslands Farm was not properly investigated until 2001, when three trial trenches were dug. They provided evidence that stone wall footings and large quantities of clay pipe kiln waste were present beneath the earthworks. Recovered pipes bore the initials "I.N.", suggesting the site was the home and workshop of one John Newall, a documented pipemaker who is believed to have died in 1719. Further investigation of the site is required to build upon this preliminary body of knowledge.Available for download is: a report detailing the 2001 excavations, written by Dr D.A. Higgins; several line-drawn images that accompany this publication.
The Troodos Archaeological Survey Project is an interdisciplinary, international project that aims to investigate the history and development of human activity and settlement in the Troodos Mountains of central Cyprus. The survey makes use of fieldwalking, aerial photographs and satellite imagery, database and GIS recording and analytical procedures, and geomorphological mapping to locate industrial sites and agricultural villages; to consider and redefine the possible existence of a site hierarchy; and to reconstruct an early industrial landscape.These pages introduce the project and the methodology. There is a report on the survey results for 2000 with information on prehistoric and historic archaeology, archaeometallurgy, pottery, geobotany, and architecture. New reports are being added to the site based on the 2001 season findings.The project received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) within the Research Grants scheme.
The website introduces the University of Bath’s special collections, much of which can be searched via the University library’s online catalogue. Each collection is summarised here, with particular strengths in the history of agriculture, medicine, industrial archaeology and music as well as collations relating to Sir Isaac Pitman, inventor of the eponymous shorthand system.
The Wealden Iron Research Group (WIRG) website provides information on a wide range of the groups activities together with a general introduction to iron production in the Weald. The Weald has been identified as a key iron-producing region for the British Isles and it contains nearly 800 identified iron-making sites dating from the pre-Roman period up to the 19th century. The WIRG, established in 1968, has carried out a wide range of activities on the Weald. The website contains information on the group's research aims, meetings, excavations and other fieldwork together with details on how to become a member. One of the key group activities is conducting a programme of experiments intended to replicate the bloomery smelting process used in the Weald during the Roman occupation. The website contains a highly detailed and well-illustrated section on these experiments together with details of the groups publications and annual bulletin of research. Aside from providing details on the WIRG itself, the website also contains a brief history of the iron industry in the weald from prehistory to nineteenth century. The WIRG website is simply and consistently set out using frames and is via navigation a standardised side menu. The illustrations are clear, are captioned and linked to larger versions. The website also contains a number of links to related websites.