Annual Conference

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Friday 9th August – Wednesday 14th August 2019

Residential booking is closed.  Non-residential Conference and Seminar bookings remain open.

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

The weekend will commence with a seminar on the Friday organised by the Somerset Industrial Archaeology Society in conjunction with AIA Chairman Mike Nevell: ‘Tourism and Industrial Archaeology and Heritage’

The Seminar programme begins at at 10:00 with a welcome and introduction from:

  • Professor Marilyn Palmer MBE, AIA President
  • Dr Michael Nevell, AIA Chairman
  • Mary Miles, Somerset Industrial Archaeology Society Chair

Amongst the speakers are:

  • Shane Gould of Historic England who will speak on : Developing Historic England’s Industrial Heritage Strategy
  • Joanna Turska the Industrial Heritage Support Officer on: Industrial Heritage Networks
  • Maryann Soper Project Manager at Living Options Devon on: Heritage Ability
  • Spencer Smith of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust on: Industrial Tourism in the shadow of an icon
  • Juan Sanchiz from the University of Science and Technology, Beijing on: Chinese Railway Museums
  • Jim Parry of the National Trust

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:

  • Puttees to pantiles, horsehair to helicopters, billhooks to Babycham, twine to tar boilers – an introduction to the Industrial Archaeology of Somerset by Peter Daniel

Saturday will begin with four lectures on local IA in the morning :

  • The Somerset Coalfield by Shane Gould
  • Coker Canvas – Sailcloth bucked in the yarn not the piece by Richard Sims
  • I K Brunel in Somerset by David Greenfield
  • The Grand Western Canal and its part in the development of early canal lifts by Denis Dodd

After lunch there will be presentations of and to the Association’s award winners. As is usual there will be an opportunity for members to make short contributions. Saturday concludes with the Conference Dinner.

If you wish to give a member’s contribution and/or require a display stand or sales table please contact the Conference Secretary:

On Sunday morning the AGM will be followed by the annual Rolt Lecture :

  • Landscapes without machines, remembering the little things by Dr Peter Stanier

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

  • A demonstration of tile-making
  • A ride on the West Somerset Railway & Workshop visit
  • The largest integrated woollen mill in the west of England
  • Pumping stations on the Somerset Levels
  • Rural Somerset industries
  • Iron making in the Brendon Hills
  • A flax works, gloving and engineering in Yeovil
  • Quarrying in the Mendips
  • Shoes, beer and horsehair

There will be evening talks after dinner :

  • Sunday: Rhynes, clyses and gurt big pumps – the history of Land drainage in Somerset by Iain Miles
  • Monday: Under the Skin – surviving industrial archaeological evidence of Yeovil’s Gloving Industry by Joseph Lewis

On Tuesday evening after dinner there will be a skittles evening at a local pub

Click on the following links to view / download:

The Conference Secretary’s letter (pdf)

The Tour Programme (pdf) [ Note: Tours A, G and I are now full ]

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.