The Database Project
The database of the Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society was born out of a desire to make an accurate, up-to-date list of the industrial sites of Warwickshire available to anyone with an interest in the county’s industrial archaeology and industrial history. As such, it would act as the ideal first stop for anyone seeking to know what sites exist in Warwickshire, where they are located, and the possibility of accessing these sites. Interesting though they obviously are to the industrial historian, the database does not include sites that have disappeared and for which no evidence on the ground remains. This relatively modest goal is not without its challenges. The first was to decide the geographical coverage and the list looks at the existing county of Warwickshire, plus Coventry and Solihull. This broadly follows the pre-1974 boundary of Warwickshire.
The database appears in two versions on the website. The first is a database listed by location, and the second by industry. Within these lists, each site has a link to a (current) photograph on a separate collection of photographs. Each site is listed by name, by location, by grid reference, by industry and by state of access. Preparing the database raised many issues about the range of sites that deserve to be included within the term ‘industrial archaeology’, and precisely how these sites might be classified. This can be particularly difficult where change of use has occurred over time, or where an item of interest is included within a non-industrial activity.
The databases are designed to be updated at regular intervals. This enables new information (provided from a variety of sources) to be included on the site. The details of how this can be done are included below.
Viewing the Database
The database uses the following codes to identify locations and access facilities.
A=Public access always
O=Public access at certain times
V=Visible from a place of public access
P=Private, not visible
NOR = North Warwickshire
NUN = Nuneaton
RUG = Rugby
STR = Stratford upon Avon
YMU= Museum in Warwickshire
ZMU= Museum outside Warwickshire
The database can currently be viewed in two PDF options – by location or by industry.
A third version displaying photos in album form is also available. Simply click on the links below to open the database. In PDF format you can view or save to you own PC if required. Another link will take you to the photo album which can also be accessed direct from the PDF’s.
When the database is open you can search within the PDF document for words or phrases, use the basic search facility or the full search by
clicking Shift+Control+F which will provide a list of matching results.
When the photo album is open you can search by entering a number or name, part name etc. in the top right corner of the index page.
Adding to the Database
WIAS warmly welcomes contributions to the project.
1) Check the database first to see if the place you have in mind has already been added.
2) Complete a submission form in one of the formats below.
To submit a database information sheet there are two options, using your PC or pen and paper method:
Complete the on line form and attach a photo if available –
the form will be sent direct to WIAS.
Open & print off the pdf version for manual completion and
return by post or at any WIAS meeting – bring a photo to the meeting on your camera.
That’s all there is to it!