Pre-Conference Seminars

The next Pre-Conference Seminar will be on Friday 31st August 2018

On the theme ‘Revised Research Frameworks in Industrial Archaeology’

Details are still to be confirmed.

For more details of the Seminar and the AIA Conference and how to book see the Conference page


Recent seminar topics have been:

2017, South-East Midlands: The contribution of contract archaeology to industrial archaeology

The speakers were:

  • Norman Redhead, Heritage Management Director (Archaeology), Greater Manchester Archaeological Advisory Service: ‘Industrial Archaeology and the National Planning Policy Framework: the Greater Manchester experience’
  • Michael Shapland, Senior Archaeologist (Historic Environment), Archaeology South East: ‘From Moby Dick to the Transatlantic Telegraph Cable: the former Whaling Company and Telecommunications Factory at Enderby Wharf, Greenwich’
  • Gerry Thacker, Senior Project Manager, Oxford Archaeology: ‘Upper Bank, Swansea: the excavation of a copper and zinc smelting works’
  • Russel Coleman, Director, Headland Archaeology:  ‘The M74 Completion Project, Glasgow: Industrial Archaeology on an industrial scale’
  • Rebecca Haslam, Senior Archaeologist, Pre-Construct Archaeology: ‘An Immense and Exceedingly Commodious Goods Station: Excavations at King’s Cross Goods Yard’
  • Lucy Dawson, Project Manager (Built Heritage), Wessex Archaeology: ‘Thrills and spillways: pumping industrial enthusiasm into water infrastructure’
  • Mike Nevell, Head of Archaeology, University of Salford: ‘The Research Impact of Developer-funded Industrial Archaeology’

 2016, Telford: Britain’s Industrial Heritage: What has World Heritage Site inscription done for it?

The programme featured contributions from a number of key figures with world-wide experience of industrial World Heritage Sites, including:

  • Helen Maclagan, Director for Culture, UK National Commission for UNESCO: ‘The added value of UNESCO’
  • Les Sparks, Chair, Ironbridge World Heritage Site Steering Group: ‘The Ironbridge Gorge, from designation to now’
  • Peter Wakelin, independent heritage consultant: ‘Dereliction or inheritance? Changing minds in Blaenavon World Heritage landscape’
  • Andrew Croft, Atkins Ltd.: ‘The developer’s view in Liverpool and elsewhere’
  • John Hodgson, Lake District National Park Authority: ‘The role of industry in the nomination of the English Lake District for World Heritage inscription’
  • Sarah McLeod, The Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site: ‘The Transformation of a Valley’
  • Sir Neil Cossons: ‘Lessons from the international experience of industrial World Heritage Sites’

2015, Brighton: Valuing and Sustaining Britain’s Industrial Heritage  Read Mike Nevell’s article

2014, Chester: Chemicals and Textile Finishing

2013, Dundee: Iron Structures