Annual Conference

University of Nottingham

Friday 31st August – Wednesday 5th September 2018

The Patrick Nott Fund allows us to offer free places at the conference and seminar for students, scroll down to find out more.

Main conference booking closes 3rd August. Booking for the Friday seminar only will remain open.

The weekend will commence with a seminar on the Friday :

‘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. Click on the online booking link or download booking forms below.

The formal conference will commence on Friday evening, with a lecture on the East Midlands by our Hon. President, Prof. Marilyn Palmer MBE

Saturday will begin with four lectures on local IA in the morning followed, after lunch, by the presentations of and to the award winners. As is usual there will be an opportunity for members to make short contributions. Saturday concludes with the Conference Dinner.

On Sunday morning the AGM will be followed by the annual Rolt Lecture being given by Geoffrey Stell of the University of Edinburgh entitled ‘Science and Engineering at War: Scapa Flow, 1939-45’. Our speaker knew Tom Rolt and was anxious to give his lecture to the Association for Industrial Archaeology since Tom was its first President.

On Sunday afternoon, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday morning there will be a choice of coach trips to sites of IA interest.

Following this, the conference will take its normal course of lectures and visits. The latter will include:

  • The only remaining bell foundry in the UK, Taylor’s of Loughborough
  • Rotative beam engines at both Abbey Lane Pumping Station in Leicester and Papplewick Pumping Station in Nottinghamshire
  • Colliery winding engines
  • The unique Bennerley Railway Viaduct in the Erewash Valley
  • A visit to the canal port of Newark-on Trent with a boat trip on the river
  • A walk inside the Glenfield Tunnel on the Leicestershire and Swannington Railway, Britain’s third locomotive railway engineered by the Stephensons
  • A windmill incorporating a science centre

Shorter visits will take place in Nottingham itself, with its splendid Lace Market, extensive cave system used for industrial activities as well as dwelling places, the magnificent late 16th century Wollaton Hall with a bath-house in the sandstone caves beneath and an industrial museum in the extensive grounds.

The final evening of the conference includes a wine reception at the University’s Archaeology Museum and Art Gallery in the attractive Lakeside complex.

Accommodation will be in Hugh Stewart Hall in the University with its splendid Art Deco dining hall and delegates should be aware that the University is now connected by tram to the railway station.

The Conference is being organised by Marilyn Palmer and David Ingham who ran the successful conference last year at Moulton College.

Update: 31st July 2018

Please note:

  • Although they are still shown on the booking form, tours A, D, G and H are now fully booked
  • Bookings for the main conference and tours will not be accepted after midnight 3rd August
  • Booking for the Friday Seminar only will remain open after that date

Click on the following links to view / download:

The Conference Secretary’s letter (pdf)

The Tour Programme (pdf)

Terms and Conditions of booking (pdf)

Click here to book online now (Payment may be made by electronic funds transfer from your bank or cheque)

If you have any problems using the online booking form please get in touch:

Or download the booking form to be printed and posted: Page 1 (pdf) and Page 2 (pdf)

Patrick Nott fund – Free student places at Conference

If you are a student the Patrick Nott fund allows us to offer you a FREE place at the Friday Seminar and the weekend of the Conference, but excluding study visits. Your free place will include coffee, lunch and tea on each day. However, the cost of dinner and accommodation, plus any study visits, remains up to you.

How to claim a free place:

  • Download and print out Page 1 and Page 2 of the booking form (above)
  • Complete the forms and next to where it says “Personal Details” on Page 1 add the words “FREE STUDENT PLACE” and enclose with your form a photocopy of your current student card.
  • Post it to Stephen Miles, Rose Cottage, Lower Durston, Taunton, Somerset TA3 5AH.



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