Our Industrial Past
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List of organisations involved with Industrial Heritage

( The next step will be to include this information in the database and make it a searchable list like the sites and events.

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The European Route of Industrial Heritage,is a network of the most important industrial heritage sites in Europe, from disused production plants to industrial landscape parks and interactive technology museums.

TICCIH is the international organisation for industrial archaeology and the industrial heritage. Its aim is to study, protect, conserve and explain the remains of industrialisation.

E-FAITH, the European Federation of Associations of Industrial and Technical Heritage, is a platform promoting contacts and co-operation between volunteers and non profit volunteer associations in Europe.


Blegny Mine, Blegny

Cambrinus Drivers Museum, Romedenne

Erfgoed Noeveren a brand new collaboration between the EMABB and the steenbakkerij museums New Belgica and 't Gabat

ETWIE Expertisecentrum voor Technisch, Wetenschappelijk en Industrieel Erfgoed, Mechelen

La Fonderie, Centre d'histoire économique et sociale de la région bruxelloise, Bruxelles

Restauratie Integratie Mechelen, Mechelen

Steenbakkerijmuseum 't Geleeg

Turninum Volksmuseum Deurne, Deurne-Antwerpen

Vlaamse Ingenieurskamer The association of Flemish industrial engineers

Vlaamse Vereniging voor Industriële Archeologie The Flemish Association for Industrial Archaeology is the oldest national IA organisation in continental Europe

Watererfgoed Vlaanderen vzw, Baasrode

Republic of Ireland

Engineers Ireland Heritage Society a special interest group for members who share an interest in the history of engineering, established in 1983 to record and conserve engineering artefacts and collect archival material

Industrial Heritage Association for Ireland fosters a greater understanding and appreciation of the many thousands of sites, monuments and items of machinery that together constitute our industrial heritage

The Netherlands

FIEN is the National Dutch industrial and technical heritage association (Website in Dutch)


Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) has been promoting the study, preservation and presentation of Britain's industrial heritage since 1973

Computer Conservation Society preserves historic computers, develops awareness of the history of computing, and encourages research

Inland Waterways Association advocates the conservation, use, maintenance, restoration and development of the inland waterways for public benefit

NAMHO is the National Association of Mining History Organisations, which has the object of increasing the knowledge of mining history in the United Kingdom and Ireland and to promote it in all its aspects

Newcomen Society is the world's oldest learned society devoted to the study of the history of engineering and technology

Railway & Canal Historical Society for everyone with an interest in the history of transport — not just inland waterways and railways, but also tramroads, roads, aviation, coastal shipping, ports and pipelines

UK local groups

Berkshire Industrial Archaeology Group aims to encourage a wider appreciation of industrial archaeology and act as a stimulant to the study of the industrial heritage of the English county of Berkshire and its surroundings.

Black Country Society founded by enthusiasts who felt that the Black Country did not receive fair recognition for its contribution to the industrial development of Britain and the world

Bristol IA Society coordinates the research, conservation and preservation of the remains of the industrial and commercial activity in the Bath and Bristol area

Cambridge Society for IA studies and records the industrial history and artefacts of Cambridgeshire

Cleveland Industrial Archaeology Society believes that the industrial history of the north east and Yorkshire is important and we work for its preservation

Combe Mill Society Combe Mill was the workshop for the Blenheim Palace Estate and not just a timber mill

Cotswold Canals Trust Campaigning for the Restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal

Cuffley Industrial Heritage Society enables members to pursue an interest in industrial heritage - topics such as Transport, Manufacturing, Utilities, Local industrial history, Trades, crafts, Construction and services

Cumbria Industrial History Society has a programme of evening meetings, field trips, an annual conference, a regular bulletin and is actively involved in the recording and conservation of important sites in Cumbria.

Derbyshire Archaeological Society (IA Section) encourages interest in the County’s history and archaeology

Dorset IA Society for all those interested in the industrial archaeology and industrial history of Dorset

Essex IA Group raising the profile of our organisation and everything of historical interest in the county of Essex

Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge The Newport Transporter Bridge spans the River Usk in Newport, South Wales and is a Grade 1 Listed Structure. Its historic importance stems from its very unusual design

GLIAS is London's IA Society with an online newsletter and lots more. Essential for Londoners and those interested in London.

Greenwich Industrial History Society concentrates on Greenwich and Woolwich which were major industrial areas. The blog address is a site for publication of papers, research and current news and links to their older paper newsletter

Gloucestershire Society for IA studies and records the history and physical remains of Gloucestershire industries

Greenwich Industrial History Society researches the Industrial History of the Greenwich Area

Gwynedd Archaeological Trust though established to regularise the organisation of rescue archaeology, the Trust now provides a full heritage management and archaeological service

Hampshire Industrial Archaeology Society is interested in all aspects of Hampshire's Industrial Archaeology.

Halifax Antiquarian Society researches, preserves and records the rich history of the ancient Parish of Halifax as its area of study

Hampshire IA Society interested in all aspects of Hampshire's Industrial Archaeology

I A Recordings, Wolverhampton a small group of volunteers documenting past and present industrial activity using high definition video and photography

IASDA IA section of the Devonshire Association encourages the study, research and documentation of Devon’s industrial past

Isle of Wight IA Society dedicated to research and restoration of the island's working past

Leicestershire Industrial History Society encourages the study and recording of the industrial past of Leicestershire

Lincolnshire Society for History & Archaeology researches the fascinating and varied history of industry and to understand it and its role in shaping our county

Literary & Philosophical Society, Newcastle Upon Tyne the largest independent library outside London

Macclesfield Silk Heritage Celebrating and sharing the extraordinary story of Macclesfield; a story of creativity, industry and enterprise.

Manchester Region IA Society aims to advance education of the public in the subject of industrial archaeology

Mellor Archaeological Trust A charity managing the ongoing investigation of a multiperiod site at Mellor in Lancashire

Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society a friendly amateur society whose members share a common desire to find out more about our Industrial Heritage, particularly that of Merseyside

Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society members are brought together by a common desire to find out more of the history and archaeology of Norfolk industry, its products and its remains, and to ensure they are recorded for posterity.

North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society study the industrial history and archaeology of the north-east corner of Derbyshire and have a series of meetings and publish a journal.

Northamptonshire Industrial Archaeology Group has events and publications related to IA in the Northants region.

Northern Mill Engine Society The largest collection of working mill steam engines in the UK

Northern Mine Research Society dedicated to the preservation and recording of mining history

Ryhope Engines Trust, Sunderland Ryhope Pumping Station, built in 1868 to supply water to Sunderland, is now one of the finest industrial monuments in the North East of England

Scottish Industrial Heritage Society aim to bring together people interested in discovering and understanding Scotland's industrial past.

Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society is for those interested in all aspects of the industrial history and heritage of the County of Somerset.

South West Wales IA Society a group of people who are interested in the industrial history of the area

South Western Electricity History Society, Bristol Looks after South Western Electricity Archive, escues archives and mainains a small museum

South Wilts IA Society records the industrial heritage of South Wiltshire and trys to preserve examples of what still exists

South Yorkshire Industrial History Society carries out research and provides an informal forum where researchers can meet and discuss findings

Staffordshire IA Society assists where appropriate in the preservation of buildings, artifacts, and documents relating to Industrial Archaeology

Suffolk Industrial Archaeology Society records industrial sites of interest in Suffolk and has a programme of meetings with a guest speaker and publishes a quarterly newsletter.

Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society records and studies the remains of past industries and the achievements of the people concerned with them

Surrey Industrial History Group arranges meetings and visits in Surrey and further afield and carries out research, recording and restoration projects

Tramway Museum Society home of the National Tramway Museum

Trevithick Society is one of the oldest industrial preservation societies in the UK, taking its name from Cornwall's greatest engineer, Richard Trevithick, a key figure in the development of high pressure steam and its application in engines for mining and transport use.

Warwickshire Industrial Archaeology Society aims to promote the study, recording and preservation of the industrial archaeology of Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.

Waterworks Museum, Hereford The working museum which makes the story of drinking water spring to life

Watford Industrial History Society fosters awareness of our industrial past from the Industrial Revolution to the present day, through its programme of Winter Lectures and Summer Visits

Westonzoyland Engine Trust The home of Somerset's earliest steam-powered pumping station, now a museum displaying the largest collection of stationary steam engines and pumps in the South of England.

Worcestershire IA & Local History Societyaims to stimulate interest in, record, study and, where appropriate, preserve items of local industrial history in Worcestershire

Yorkshire Archaeology Society - Industrial History Section The Industrial History Section (IHS) of the YAS promotes and encourages the study and appreciation of Yorkshire’s varied industrial archaeology and history.


The Society for Industrial Archaeology (SIA) whose mission is to encourage the study, interpretation, and preservation of historically significant industrial sites, structures, artifacts, and technology.

This site is sponsored by Heritage of Industry Ltd - Creating Journeys into the Industrial Past  http://www.heritageofindustry.co.uk

And endorsed by The Association for Industrial Archaeology - Promoting the study, preservation and presentation of Britain's industrial heritage  http://industrial-archaeology.org