Pre-Conference Seminars

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

‘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.

Book online for the Seminar and/or the AIA Conference on 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