The Association for Industrial Archaeology

For the last three centuries industry has had a major influence on the society, environment and landscape in which we live and its remains provide a link with the past that can also serve the future. The AIA brings together groups and individuals with an interest and expertise in identifying, recording, preserving and presenting the remains of our industrial past.

Uniting individuals, local societies, academics and field professionals we:

  • Pool knowledge and set standards for recording
  • Represent industrial archaeology by membership of national and international bodies
  • Support local and special interest societies
  • Monitor planning applications to alter or demolish industrial sites and buildings

And through our programme of awards and grants we:

  • Sponsor research and reward excellence
  • Assist preservation and restoration
  • Encourage research and publication

But we need your support. Help give our past a future:  Join Now 

Young Members Board

The AIA have formed a Young Members Board to help deliver the aims of the Association by engaging with people of mid-career age and younger.

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Diary Dates

All AIA events, those of our Affiliated Societies and others of IA interest can be found on the Events Diary page

Full details of the online 2021 Conference can be found on the Conference page

Please note: The date of the next part of the AIA Annual Conference is 4th September at 10.30 as previously announced and listed in the Eventbrite booking details, not 14th September as shown on page 2 of the Autumn issue of IA News (no. 198)

The very successful first session of the Conference took place on Saturday 8th August with presentations on Merseyside and Wirral IA from Maurice Handley and Rob Jones, chaired by Anna Alexander all from the Merseyside Industrial Heritage Society. 118 people attended from all over the world. For anyone who missed it the recording is now available on the AIA YouTube channel

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