Annual Conference

The 2021 Annual Conference

A virtual event accessible via Zoom to run over a number of weekends in August and September in place of the usual physical conference.

All sessions are open to everyone (except the AGM which is open to AIA members only). Attendance at all sessions is free.

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August 7th

10:30 – The Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society presents two talks:

  • “The Industrial Heritage of Merseyside” by Maurice Handley
  • “Wirral’s Industrial Heritage” by Rob Jones

September 4th

10:30 – The Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society presents two talks:

  • “Recent Excavations at Princes Dock” by Mark Adams
  • “The Restoration of Albert Dock” by Anthony Clarke

September 18thA one day seminar on the theme: “The impact of Covid-19 on the industrial heritage sector”


  • Mike Nevell ‘The impact of COVID on Industrial Heritage sites in England’
  • John Tanner & Tegwen Roberts ‘Coping with COVID at Elsecar Museum’
  • Berkshire IA Group ‘How a local society adapted to COVID’
  • Shane Gould ‘Looking to the future – the draft Historic England Industrial Heritage Strategy’


  • Zoe Arthurs MSc (Young Members Board) ‘Sustainability for IA’
  • Dr Juan Sanchiz ‘International collaboration with ‘
  • Dr Penelope Foreman ‘New ways of working – Tramroads in the Brecon Beacon National Park’
  • Emma Lockwood (Taylor & Francis) ‘Routledge Seminar’
  • Round table Q & A with the YMB
  • Digital download stall

September 25th

14:00 – Overseas visits

14:15 – Future conferences

14:30 – Annual General Meeting ( For AIA members only )

15:30 – Rolt Memorial Lecture ( For everyone ) “The Tools of Empire? Decolonising Imperial Telegraphy” by Cassie Newland of Bath Spa University

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Sessions will be recorded (subject to permission from the speakers) and made available afterwards via our YouTube channel

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The Tour Notes and Gazetteers for earlier Conferences are available through the Past Conferences page.