Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society

The Suffolk IAS is Based in Ipswich.


Wednesday 12th September 2018 at 7.30pm – Alan Denney: The Slate Industry of North Wales
The use of coastal shipping and the newly-developed railways allowed slate from a small area of North Wales to become the roofing material of choice all over the country during the Victorian era. The quarrying and mining activity has resulted in substantial surviving sites and artefacts related to the industry.

Wednesday 10th October 2018 at 7.30pm – Barbara McElroy: The Bevin Boys, Conscripted Coalminers in World War II
During the Second World War, compulsory national service did not necessarily mean drafting into the armed forces. The Bevin Boys, named after the minister responsible for the programme, were brought into the coal mining industry to assist in production. Our speaker is the Archivist of the Bevin Boys Association.

Wednesday 14th November 2018 at 7.30pm – AGM Followed by John Jones: Industrial Archaeology in Saxony
John was a participant in the Spring 2018 AIA visit to the Erzegebirge (Iron Mountain) region in the former East Germany.

Wednesday 12th November 2018 at 7.30pm – Bob Merrett: A Brief History of Mapmaking
A welcome return of a popular speaker, this time looking at the development of maps.

Wednesday 9th January 2019 at 7.30pm – John O’Mahony: Little Hall – Lavenham in a Nutshell
The riches brought to Suffolk by the medieval cloth industry can be measured by the high quality of the buildings produced in that era. That quality was such that many have survived through to the present day. Little Hall, a National Trust property, will be considered as a product of these circumstances.

Venue: All indoor meetings are held at the Ipswich Transport Museum, Cobham Road, Ipswich, IP3 9JD. Parking and access is via the rear of the museum.

More details of the events may be found in the Events Diary


John Jones, Hines Farm, Earl Stonham, Stowmarket, IP14 5HQ (01449 711448) Email:

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