Annual Conference

The 2020 Annual Conference
Liverpool Hope University
21st – 26th August

The Conference is being organised by an enthusiastic local team from the Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society led by Anna Alexander and Malcolm Verity.

The programme will commence on Friday with a seminar organised by Marilyn Palmer and Mike Nevell, on the topic of “The effect of climate change on heritage sites”.

The formal conference will commence on Friday evening, with an overview lecture on the IA of Merseyside.  On Saturday there will be four lectures on local IA in the morning followed, after lunch, by the presentations from and to the Association’s award winners. On Sunday evening there will be an opportunity for members’ contributions.

As is usual there will be an opportunity for members to make short contributions and early notification that delegates wish to make such contributions would be helpful and they will be taken on a first come first served basis.  Those wishing to give a presentation should email the Conference Secretary giving the title of the presentation and brief details: conference@industrial-archaeology.org

On Sunday there will be the AGM followed by the Rolt lecture.  This year’s lecture will be given by Dr Cassie Newland of Bath University on the subject of “International landscapes of cable telegraphy”.

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

There will be an evening lecture on Monday and on Tuesday evening there will be a visit to the iconic Liver Building, which will include refreshment.

To read full details download:

The Conference Secretary’s letter (pdf)

Tour Programme (pdf)

Terms & Conditions (pdf)

Click here to make your booking online

(payment may be made by electronic transfer or cheque)

You may also download the booking form, print and post it if you prefer: Page 1  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 and Gazetteers for earlier Conferences are available through the Past Conferences page.