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Association for Industrial Archaeology

The phrase "industrial archaeology" is 50 years old. Technology? Social relations? The world since the industrial revolution, or industry since the first stone tool? Read how Michael Nevell considers the nature of an increasingly popular branch of archaeology.

Britain was the first industrial nation. For the last two centuries industry has had a major influence on the society, environment and landscape in which we live.

The AIA is the national organisation for people who share an interest in Britain's industrial past. It brings together people who are researching, recording, preserving and presenting the great variety of this country's industrial heritage. Industrial architecture, mineral extraction, heritage-based tourism, power technology, adaptive re-use of industrial buildings and transport history are just some of the themes being investigated by our members.

Every year the Association monitors over 200 hundred applications to alter or demolish industrial sites and buildings. We work with other amenity groups to protect Britain's heritage and represent Britain on the International Committee for the Conservation of the Industrial Heritage.

AIA Fieldwork and Recording Awards

To promote good archaeological recording practice in Industrial Archaeology

There are three awards: the main award of £500 for the best piece of fieldwork submitted that year, a student award of £200 for the best entry by a student and the initiative award of £300 for innovative projects e.g. those from local societies.

  • The work does not have to conform to any given format or length but should contain elements of recording of industrial sites/practices and an interpretation of any findings.
  • It can be either published or unpublished. But all entries should be bound and where possible A4/American Letter size.
  • All entries must be received by March 1st in order that judging by the three judges may be completed as soon as possible.
  • Winners will be notified in August. Prizes will be presented at the annual conference.
  • One aim of the award scheme is to encourage the deposition of fieldwork in the National Archives where it is available for public consultation.

Marks are awarded for:
  • Research Strategy
  • Documentary Research
  • Fieldwork
  • Analysis & Interpretation
  • Presentation
  • Advancement of the Subject
For a copy of the rules and an entry form for this Award please see

Entry forms are also available by post from and should be returned to:

AIA Fieldwork and Recording Awards
AIA Liaison Officer, School of Archaeological Studies, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester LE1 7RH

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