About

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.

 

Join Us

New members are always very welcome, male, female, young or old! 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 comences on the 1st September for 12 months and is £20 per person or £26 for two people at the same address.


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.


Covid-19

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 September 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.

THE SOCIETY IS PLANNING A RETURN TO ‘IN-PERSON’ MEETINGS IN THE AUTUMN AT WARWICK SCHOOL WITH THE ZOOM OPTION AS BACK-UP.

A simple guide on how to access ZOOM is available to download at this link

I felt it was important that all should know the current state of WIAS plans for September 2021 onwards. Your committee has been monitoring the situation very carefully over the summer and current plans are to return to ‘live’ meetings at Warwick School from Thursday 16th. September. This is in fact the third Thursday of the month, but due to the unavailability of the venue before that date, we had to move our meeting on from the usual second Thursday by one week.

This plan is obviously dependent on the prevailing regulations imposed by government and school and these, of course, may change in the meantime. In any case, precautions will be in place such that those attending should feel at ease. The precise details of these precautions are being worked on at present but I felt it important that the date was in your diary, particularly as we had such strong support for ‘live’ meetings in our recent survey. The alternative of a ZOOM meeting remains a possibility should circumstances seriously deteriorate, and we continue to explore an option of a Zoom transmission of the live meeting to those who are unable to attend.

The meeting on Thursday 16th. September will be the AGM followed by talk that seeks to reflect some of the diversity of Warwickshire’s industrial heritage by looking at Chains, Caravans and Corsets. These were activities largely unknown to me at the start of lockdown but I hope to show that my time has not been frittered away and that my initial investigations could hopefully lead to more serious research by others. Avoiding any references to a tight fit, I hope we will have time to cover all three …

Martin Green, Chairman WIAS, 26th July 2021