The Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society (WIAS) was formed in 1989 with the aim of promoting the study, recording and preservation of the industrial archaeology of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. The Society is affiliated to the Association for Industrial Archaeology. The main activity of the Society is the regular monthly meeting, with talks by visiting speakers, although additional visits to sites within Warwickshire and beyond are arranged on an occasional basis. The Society has a thriving membership – from dedicated specialists to enthusiastic amateurs – and is always keen to welcome new members. If you would like to come along as a visitor first please do so. We invite a voluntary donation of £3.00 to cover refreshments. The WIAS website welcomes contributions & comments. All issues of the WIAS newsletter are available and are added quarterly. Copies of the WIAS original publication, RETORT, have also been added. There is a comprehensive list of WIAS events and other meetings of interest. You can now follow WIAS on Facebook and jAlbum.
New members are always very welcome, male, female, young or old! Come along as a visitor for an enjoyable evening out or become a WIAS member. You can sign up at any of our monthly meetings or contact the membership secretary. NOTE: The WIAS committee has agreed that no subscriptions will be charged for season 2020-2021, and that for any meetings that are, in the end, able to take place in the Halse Pavilion, it will be a case of pay at the door – £2 donation from members; £3 from guests.
Meetings, (when allowed again!), are held in the beautiful Halse Pavilion, Warwick School, Myton Rd, Warwick. Close to the Junior School car park, this state of the art building has a lift to the large light and airy function space on the first floor overlooking the first team cricket pitch. Facilities are excellent and there is even a terrace to stroll out onto in the interval when the weather permits. WIAS looks forward to welcoming everyone old and new to this splendid venue on the second Thursday of each month, (Sept to June), starting at 7.30pm. There is a sales table with a variety of IA books and refreshments are available during the interval. For directions click here.
WIAS meetings in person have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. We don’t yet know for certain when we can resume our programme in 2021. In the meantime we have added some extra pages to help keep up your interest and will be holding our monthly meetings using the ZOOM platform!
- FILMS – Firstly a page of ‘FILMS’ with a mainly IA theme. Don’t miss the 10 minute ‘gem’ from David Hulse, an incredible engineer from Staffordshire who came to talk to WIAS In September 2017. He makes something every day and started at the age of 10 yrs old by making a coffee table with turned legs – before he started it he built the lathe to make it with! CLICK HERE.
- VIRTUAL WIAS – Secondly a new page called ‘VIRTUAL WIAS’. We have been receiving various items of interest by email with suggestions of what to watch on TV, discussion about forging and casting, empty motorways etc. We will put them all together on this page so feel free to contribute by using the ‘CONTACT US’ form. CLICK HERE.
- CONTRIBUTIONS – On our ‘CONTRIBUTIONS’ page there are many new entries including Borg & Beck clutches, Cherry Orchard Brickworks, Brick Making in Coventry, Aviation, Machine Tools, Weaving & Textiles, Mills & Pie Making, Bicycles, Canals and much more. We welcome more contributions. CLICK HERE.
- FACEBOOK – Don’t forget that WIAS also has a presence on FACEBOOK and if you are a user you can join the conversation there. Some of our interesting contributions will also appear on our Facebook page to reach a wider audience.
- ZOOM PROGRAMME – Following on from the cancellation of all meetings at Warwick School for the remainder of 2020, WIAS is planning to present lectures & talks by ZOOM on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm from September. Full details of the autumn programme are now available and a PC, Laptop, Mac, Tablet or Smart Phone are all that’s needed to attend the meetings. The procedure is free of charge, very straight forward and the trials held so far have been extremely successful.
‘WIAZ’ AUTUMN – WINTER ‘ZOOM’ PROGRAMME
All meetings commence at 7.30pm and last approximately 1 hour
You can join the meeting from 7pm
- 10th Sep 2020: Informal AGM (formal AGM deferred to 9/9/21) & Roger Cragg talk on ‘The Dale Dyke Dam Disaster’. – (Recorded)
- 08th Oct 2020: Alain Foote, ‘Industrial Archaeology Highlights of a round-the-world trip in January and February 2020’. – (Recorded)
- 12th Nov 2020: John Berkeley, ‘Crossley & Son, Aircraft Constructors of Banbury’. – (Recorded)
- 10th Dec 2020: Liz Woolley, ‘The Victorian and Edwardian Industrial Buildings of Oxford’.
- 14th Jan 2021: David Skillen, ‘The Bentley Boys’.
- 11th Feb 2021: Margaret Ingham, ‘UK’s Forgotten Transporter Bridge and the Campaign to Save It’.
- 11th Mch 2021: David Fry, ‘Eighteenth Century Coventry Silkmen: Master’s of the City’s Industrial Universe’.