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. Come along as a visitor first for an enjoyable evening out or become a WIAS member straight away. You can sign up at any of our monthly meetings or join via our printable application form HERE. The membership year commences on the 1st September for 12 months and is £20 per person or £26 for two people at the same address.
In Person Meetings
Meetings 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 books and refreshments are available. For directions click here.
During Covid-19 we have been making more use of technology and have added some extra pages to help keep up an interest. Our monthly meetings have been held using the ZOOM platform and we look forward to to resuming our traditional meetings at Warwick School in 2021, subject to any regulations.
- 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.
- 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.
At our latest meeting the WIAS committee took the decision to hold the meeting on September 16th. as a ZOOM meeting rather than gathering in person. This was not an easy decision, and was taken only after a long discussion, but given the prevailing uncertainty over Covid and the necessary restrictions we would have to introduce for in-person gatherings, we felt this was the most appropriate course of action. Subsequent meetings will be reviewed on a month-by-month basis. In the interests of canvassing members’ opinions, we would be happy to receive any responses to this decision – favourable or otherwise.
I do hope that we can boost our ZOOM audience amongst members who have preferred not to use it before. Help and advice is readily available – please get in touch. A reminder that the meeting on the 16th. September is our AGM followed by a talk by myself on ‘The diversity of Warwickshire’s Industrial Heritage: Chains, Caravans and Corsets’, which hopefully will provide a suitable start to the new season.
Martin Green, Chairman WIAS, 3rd September 2021