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 suggest 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 join via our printable application form HERE. The WIAS committee has agreed that no subscriptions will be charged for season 2020-2021 for existing members. For any meetings that are able to take place at Warwick School, 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. WIAS looks forward to welcoming everyone old and new 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. For directions click here.
Meetings in person have been cancelled for the foreseeable future. We don’t yet know if we can resume our traditional programme in 2021. In the meantime we are making more use of technology and have added some extra pages to help keep up interest. WIAS will be holding its monthly meetings using the ZOOM platform until further notice!
- 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 the cancellation of all meetings at Warwick School WIAS is now presenting lectures & talks by ZOOM on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm. Full details of the autumn/winter programme are available and a PC, Laptop, Mac, Tablet or Smart Phone or even a landline telephone are all that’s needed to join in. The procedure is very straight forward and instructions are available on the web site.
- DONATIONS – If you would like to make a voluntary contribution towards WIAS running costs you will be most welcome. Visit our DONATIONS page where you can use PayPal or print off a paper form.
- 10th Sep 2020: Informal AGM (formal AGM deferred to 9/9/21) & Roger Cragg talk on ‘The Dale Dyke Dam Disaster’.
- 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’. –
- 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 Mar 2021: David Fry, ‘Eighteenth Century Coventry Silkmen: Master’s of the City’s Industrial Universe’.
- 08th Apr 2021: Dr Mike Nevell, ‘The Salt Archaeology of Cheshire’.
- 13th May 2021: Dr. Ray Wilson, ‘Gloucestershire’s Industrial Heritage’.
- 10th Jun 2021: Dr. David Eveleigh, ‘The History of the Kitchen Range’.
If you have an item you would like to share on the ‘Virtual’ page, the ‘Contributions’ page or the ‘Members Films’ page you can send it direct via the ‘Contact’ link in the main menu.