Peter Neaverson Awards

Outstanding Scholarship : Digital Initiative : Travel Bursary

Peter NeaversonPeter Neaverson was actively involved in British industrial archaeology for over a quarter of a century as well as being Joint Editor with Marilyn Palmer of Industrial Archaeology Review for nearly 20 years, dealing with its transfer from Oxford University Press to a local publisher and then to Maney of Leeds. An engineer by training, he devoted the years of his retirement to industrial archaeology and his knowledge of physics and engineering, as well as technical drawing, was of considerable assistance to him in his research and writing. He also taught himself surveying techniques and was an avid researcher in Record Offices, being quick to appreciate the implications of both maps and documents, something that was particularly revealed in the research he did on the Glyn Pits colliery in South Wales where he was able to interpret the complex pumping and winding systems on that unique site. He carried out fieldwork with Leicestershire Industrial History Society in the East Midlands, Wales and Cornwall and was a member of many organisations, including The Newcomen Society, the Peak District Mines Historical Society and the Railway and Canal Historical Society. He was an Honorary Visiting Fellow in the University of Leicester. With Marilyn Palmer, he wrote many articles and books including Industry in the Landscape, 1700-1900, Routledge, 1986: Industrial Archaeology: Principles and Practice, Routledge, 1988 and The Textile Industry in South-west England: a Social Archaeology, Stroud: Tempus 2005. He devoted a lot of his time to AIA and on his death in December 2005 left a considerable legacy to further scholarship, research and publication in industrial archaeology.

The Association for Industrial Archaeology is proud to name these three awards in his honour:

Peter Neaverson Award for outstanding scholarship in industrial archaeology

The award recognises publications which have made the greatest contribution to the scholarship, knowledge and/or understanding of industrial archaeology. Any work published in English anywhere in the world is eligible for consideration, whether it is a paper, article, book or published thesis, normally within two years of publication. The prize will be a cash award of £500 plus a framed certificate.

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Past winners of the Award are:

2009 David Gwyn Gwynedd, Inheriting a Revolution: the archaeology of industrialisation in North-West Wales
2010 Patrick Malone Waterpower in Lowell: Engineering and Industry in Nineteenth-Century America
2011 M H Jones and J R Hamilton Neither Here Nor There? The mining and transport of iron ore from the Brendon Hills to South Wales
and Celia Fox The Arts of Industry in the Age of Enlightenment
2012 no award
2013 Kathryn A Morrison and John Minnis Carscapes: The Motor Car, Architecture and Landscape in England
and Bjørn Basberg The Shore Whaling Stations at South Georgia: a study in Antarctic industrial archaeology
2014 Mike Williams Textile Mills of South-West England
and Jonathan Coad Support for the Fleet

Peter Neaverson Award for Digital Initiative and Innovation

This award recognises the impact that developing digital technologies are having on our interpretation, dissemination and conservation of our industrial heritage and archaeology. The award will be given to the creators of the work which makes the most effective use of digital technologies in industrial archaeology. The prize will be a cash award of £500.

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Peter Neaverson Travel Bursary

The aim of the Peter Neaverson Travel Bursary is to encourage the education or training of people studying, working or volunteering in fields related to industrial archaeology or industrial heritage. Successful applicants can receive a contribution to the cost of travel, accommodation and fees associated with research or study visits, conferences or training courses in Britain or overseas.

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Correspondence regarding these awards should be addressed to:
AIA Liaison Office, The Ironbridge Institute, Ironbridge Gorge Museum, Coalbrookdale, Telford TF8 7DX, UK
email: secretary@industrial-archaeology.org