Practical Days

Normally held around April each year, these are informal meetings looking at various topics relevant to those active in industrial archaeology. In the past these events were known as ‘Affiliated Societies Weekends’ and ‘Ironbridge Weekends’.

The next AIA Practical Weekend is 7th – 8th April 2018

The theme is mining in Derbyshire and it will be based in Matlock / Matlock Bath and will include specially organised, expert led visits to local mining landscapes.

Watch this space for more details.

Contact the secretary to be sent more details when they are available: secretary@industrial-archaeology.org


Some past meetings were:

2017 – The Iron industry

This one-day workshop provided introductory practical training and a broad understanding of the processes used and the buildings utilised in the historic iron industry around Ironbridge

2016 – Speaking up for Industrial Archaeology – the challenges and practicalities of speaking up for industrial archaeology at a local scale

The workshop explored why it is more important now than ever that local groups speak up for industrial archaeology, and what groups and societies can practically do to support and protect industrial archaeology in their local area.

There were practical sessions, and a feedback and discussion session which looked at issues such as the challenges of speaking up for industrial archaeology and what support currently exists for groups who want to help to protect and raise awareness of industrial archaeology in their local area.

Read how the day played out on Twitter

Following from the workshop, Rob Lennox from the Council for British Archaeology  (CBA) has produced a resources sheet of useful advocacy resources/web links for community groups who want to speak up for industrial heritage in their local areas.

Download the resource sheet ( pdf 366kb )

2014 – Lime in Historic Landscapes and Buildings

2007 – Characteristics and Forms of Road Transport

2006 – The Brewing Industry

2005 – Railway Structures

2000 – What should we do with our records?