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Hampshire IAS – Whitchurch Silk Mill – Hampshire

Underhill Centre St. John’s Road, Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Whitchurch mill was built in 1813-15 as a water-powered sawmill and furniture factory by William Hayter, ironfounder, brushmaker, dealer and chapman and converted to a silk mill in 1817-19 by…

Hampshire IAS – Members’ Evening

Underhill Centre St. John’s Road, Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Join us to hear more about our members activities over the last 12 months.   More information to follow nearer the time. Visitors Welcome. Free Car Parking is available, but there…

Berkshire IAG – Biscuits, Beer, Bulbs, Bricks and Building Stone

Reading Town Hall Square Town Hall Square, Reading, United Kingdom

A geological walk through Reading This afternoon walk provides an opportunity to discuss the impact of geology on the development of Reading through time. The objective of the trip is…

Essex IAG – Industrial Heritage Fair 2024

Grange Barn Grange Barn, Coggeshall, Essex, United Kingdom

14 September 2024 In partnership with the National Trust & Heritage Open Days Exhibits by Essex societies and industrial sites covering such industries as: agricultural engineering; public water supply; brick-making;…

Berkshire IAG – The Building of Reading

St Mary's Church Hall 14 Castle St, Reading RG1 7RD, Reading

Evening talk by Dr Ross Garden Geologically, the original centre of Reading is sited at the confluence of the Kennet and Thames rivers on raised, well drained younger Thames river…

AIA Annual Conference

Cardiff Cardiff, United Kingdom

4th - 6th October 2024 One day Conference and two half days of visits Friday: Afternoon visit to Swansea Waterfront or Hafod Copperworks & Neath Abbey Ironworks Saturday: AGM, talks,…


Chichester College Westgate Fields, Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom

South East Regional Industrial Archaeology Conference Programme 0900 - 0950 Registration and Coffee 0950 - 1000 Welcome by the Mayor of Chichester 1000 - 1045 By Rail to Chichester 1846-2016…

Essex Society for Archaeology & History – Annual Symposium

Roman Circus House Roman Circus Walk,, Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom

2nd November 2024 This year's Symposium will have a post-medieval and industrial theme. Topics include: Davey Paxman & Co engineers of Colchester Water Mills on the River Colne Beaumont Quay…

Hampshire IAS – AGM

Underhill Centre St. John’s Road, Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom

Annual General Meeting

Hampshire IAS – Pirelli General Cable Works

Underhill Centre St. John’s Road, Hedge End, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom

The date was January 20, 1914, when Italian manufacturer Pirelli signed the contract to open a factory in the UK choosing Southampton as its UK headquarters.  A key player for…

The AIA organises a number of events each year:

Usually in Spring, is the AIA Practical Day (or weekend). Formerly known as the ‘Affiliated Societies’ event or the ‘Ironbridge Weekend’ it is open to everyone. The day is usually devoted to a particular topic or theme and engenders much useful discussion and debate. It is a particularly informal and sociable event, often with related study visits.

Normally in May we organise a week-long overseas Field Visit

In the summer each year the Annual Conference takes place in a different venue somewhere in the UK. We look at local industrial archaeology and history through lectures and visits. Whilst the main conference is over a weekend, there are also continuing events into the following week for those wishing to spend longer in the area.

Normally during the Conference weekend the Association’s AGM takes place and the Annual Rolt Memorial Lecture is delivered.

The Conference is often preceded by a one day seminar and the theme is usually one of a national nature.

See more details of past Conferences and past Practical Days.