WIAS Visits & Trips


Tuesday 10th May at 2:00 pm – A Guided Tour of the Victorian Industrial Buildings of Oxford

Liz Woolley, who spoke to WIAS in December 2020, will lead us on this walk which visits some of the buildings in central, southern and western Oxford that remind us of the city’s industrial heritage.  Find out how brewing, milling, clothing manufacture and bookbinding developed in Oxford and how buildings were built and adapted to serve these industries. We will also look at surviving structures from the generation of electricity and gas.

The walk takes approximately two hours and covers a distance of about 3 miles, some of which is on the river towpath.  Cost is £6 per head.  Please book your place with Alain Foote who can advise further details.

Friday 10th June at 10:30 am – A Guided Tour of Sandfields Pumping Station in Lichfield

We will visit the engine house at Sandfields Pumping Station, now disused, built in 1872-73 by Henry Naden for the South Staffordshire Waterworks Company, it is listed at Grade II*.  The interior of the engine house is largely complete, retaining its original Cornish beam engine, along with cast iron staircases, oil lamps and king post roof structure.  It is only one of four pumping stations in England to retain original Cornish beam engines in situ.  There are many stairs to access the various levels in the engine house.  Cost is £5 per head.  Please book your place with Alain Foote who can advise further details.

Wednesday 29th June 2022Visit to HS2 Tunnel Site, Long Itchington

Thanks to an initiative by George Illingworth, Alain Foote has arranged a visit to the Long Itchington Wood HS2 Tunnelling Works Visitor Centre for Wednesday 29th June at 13:00.   We will visit the purpose-built Visitor Centre and viewing platform.  We will not enter the tunnel nor require PPE.  The visit will last around one hour. Not quite industrial archaeology just yet, but it will certainly be of considerable interest. Please book your place with Alain Foote, WIAS Visits Secretary.

Thursday 14th July 7:00 pm – A Guided Tour of Berkswell Windmill (PLACES AVAILABLE)

This will be a tour of the windmill lasting approximately 40 minutes.  The Grade II* listed Berkswell windmill is a four bladed tower mill constructed in 1826 on the site of a former post mill.  Cost is £5 per head.  Please book your place with Alain Foote who can advise further details.

Monday 11th July 7:00pm The Edge Hill Light Railway, Edgehill, Warwickshire

Following his talk on the Edge Hill Light Railway to WIAS, Andrew Baxter has advised that a visit has been arranged for  7 p.m. on Monday 11th July.  Please let Alain Foote know if you are interested, and he will book a place and give details of the meeting point location.  Numbers are limited, so early booking is recommended.  It is only suitable for able bodied persons and appropriate clothes and footwear should be worn as we are walking over steep and rough ground with brambles etc.

Alain Foote, WIAS Visits Secretary, Email alain.foote@outlook.com
phone 01788 810113 or 07801 774277

Heritage of Industry Tours. Booking has now opened for the series of tours from this well established company. This years trips include, West Yorkshire, Poland, East Anglia, Hamburg, Bucks Oxon & Surrey, New Zealand. For details of each tour and information on how to book click here to visit the Heritage of Industry website.

City Safaris. The last tour of the season in 2022 is now open for booking. Hamburg is Germany’s second largest city and has been a port for almost 1000 years. As a member of the Hanseatic League it had a lot of influence in the Middle Ages and traded with most of the known world. Full details of this trip are available at the Heritage of Industry web site.

Please note this is not organized or endorsed by WIAS but may be of interest!