Past Conferences

This is a list of past annual conferences of the AIA.

The table shows the Date and the Location and the Gazetteer when one was published.

Many Gazetteers and Conference Tour Notes have now been scanned and loaded onto the website. 

The Tour Notes and Gazetteers are searchable, as is the whole site, by using the ‘magnifying glass’ in the top right of the screen.

( There are guidelines for those preparing Gazetteers: Download here )

Some Gazetteers are still available on paper; see our Sales page for further details.

There was no 2022 Conference but a long weekend of tours, led by the Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society, which were to have been included in the 2020 Conference took place over a long weekend in June 2022.

The 2021 Annual Conference was a virtual event held over a number of weekends in August and September in place of the physical conference which was originally scheduled to have been on Merseyside in 2020.

The sessions on the 7th August, 4th, 18th and 25th September were recorded and are now available via our YouTube channel:

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The session on 11th September was not recorded at the speakers’ request but Anthony Clarke has supplied this summary of his presentation about the Archaeology of Albert Dock The Albert Dock AIA MIHS A Clarke

AIA Members should click here to read pdfs of:

  • The Tour Notes for many of the Conferences
  • Many of the Gazetteers for the areas visited
  • Thanks to Dr Peter Stanier and Twelveheads Press there is also the Gazetteer Dorset’s Industrial Heritage

Earlier conferences are listed below

YearLocation & Tour Notes
2022Merseyside weekend 
2021ZoomRecordings available on Youtube
2018Nottingham * 
2017South-East Midlands * 
2016Telford * 
2015Brighton *Sussex *
2014Chester *Cheshire *
2013Dundee *Tayside *
2012Chelmsford *Essex *
2011Cork *Ireland
2010Penryn *Cornwall
2009Lincoln * 
2008Chippenham *Wiltshire *
2007Preston *Lancashire *
2006Isle of Man 
2005Nottingham *Derbyshire *
2004Hatfield *Hertfordshire and The Lee Valley *
2003Cardiff *South East Wales *
2002EdinburghCentral Scotland Forth and Clyde *
2001CambridgeCambridgeshire and Peterborough *
2000Manchester *Greater Manchester *
1999ChathamKent *
1998Newton AbbotDevon *
1997Newcastle-upon-Tyne *Tyne & Wear *
1996Bangor *North West Wales *
1995Sheffield *South Yorkshire *
1994WinchesterHampshire *
1993AmblesideCumbria *
1992Cirencester *Gloucestershire *
1991Dudley *West Midlands Iron District *
1990GuildfordSurrey *
1989HuddersfieldWest Yorkshire *
1988SwanseaSwansea Region *
1987BathAvon *
1986LoughboroughEast Midlands *
1985GlasgowScotland 60 sites *
1984AberystwythMid-Wales *
1983LincolnLincolnshire *
1981NorwichIn and Around Norfolk *
1978PenzanceIndustries of Penzance
1973Isle of Man 
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** Pictures of the Dundee Conference can be found on  Flickr and a report on the St Monans salt pans is at