Peter Neaverson Awards

Peter NeaversonPeter Neaverson was actively involved in British industrial archaeology for over a quarter of a century as well as being Joint Editor with Marilyn Palmer of Industrial Archaeology Review for nearly 20 years, dealing with its transfer from Oxford University Press to a local publisher and then to Maney of Leeds. An engineer by training, he devoted the years of his retirement to industrial archaeology and his knowledge of physics and engineering, as well as technical drawing, was of considerable assistance to him in his research and writing. He also taught himself surveying techniques and was an avid researcher in Record Offices, being quick to appreciate the implications of both maps and documents, something that was particularly revealed in the research he did on the Glyn Pits colliery in South Wales where he was able to interpret the complex pumping and winding systems on that unique site. He carried out fieldwork with Leicestershire Industrial History Society in the East Midlands, Wales and Cornwall and was a member of many organisations, including The Newcomen Society, the Peak District Mines Historical Society and the Railway and Canal Historical Society. He was an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the University of Leicester. With Marilyn Palmer, he wrote many articles and books including Industry in the Landscape, 1700-1900, Routledge, 1986: Industrial Archaeology: Principles and Practice, Routledge, 1988 and The Textile Industry in South-west England: a Social Archaeology, Stroud: Tempus 2005. He devoted a lot of his time to AIA and on his death in December 2005 left a considerable legacy to further scholarship, research and publication in industrial archaeology.

The Association for Industrial Archaeology is proud to name these awards in his honour.


Peter Neaverson Award for outstanding scholarship in industrial archaeology

The award recognises publications which have made the greatest contribution to the scholarship, knowledge and/or understanding of industrial archaeology. Any work published in English anywhere in the world is eligible for consideration, whether it is a paper, article, book or published thesis, normally within two years of publication. The prize will be a cash award of £500 plus a certificate.

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Peter Neaverson Travel Bursary

The aim of the Peter Neaverson Travel Bursary is to encourage the education or training of people studying, working or volunteering in fields related to industrial archaeology or industrial heritage. Successful applicants can receive a contribution to the cost of travel, accommodation and fees associated with research or study visits, conferences or training courses in Britain or overseas.

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Application forms for these awards should be addressed to:
AIA, 7 St Michael’s Close, Madeley, Telford, Shropshire TF7 5SD

Past winners of the Scholarship Award are:

2009 David Gwyn Gwynedd, Inheriting a Revolution: the archaeology of industrialisation in North-West Wales
2010 Patrick Malone Waterpower in Lowell: Engineering and Industry in Nineteenth-Century America
2011 M H Jones and J R Hamilton Neither Here Nor There? The mining and transport of iron ore from the Brendon Hills to South Wales
2011 Celina Fox The Arts of Industry in the Age of Enlightenment
2012 no award
2013 Kathryn A Morrison and John Minnis Carscapes: The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape in England
2013 Bjørn Basberg The Shore Whaling Stations at South Georgia: a study in Antarctic industrial archaeology
2014 Mike Williams Textile Mills of South-West England
2014 Jonathan Coad Support for the Fleet
2015 Lynn Pearson Built to Brew: the history of the brewery
2016 David Gwyn Welsh Slate: Archaeology and History of an Industry
2017 Marilyn Palmer and Ian West Country House Technology
2018 Richard Byrom William Fairbairn: the experimental engineer
2019 Wayne Cocroft and Paul Stamper Legacies of the First World War: Building for total war 1914-1918, published by Historic England
2022 Geoffrey Timmins The Built Environment Transformed – textile Lancashire during the Industrial Revolution
2022 David Pollard Digging Bath Stone – a quarry and transport history