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

The Annual Conference 2021 was intended to be held on Merseyside but became instead a virtual event spread over 4 weekends in August and September. Over 270 people registered to attend via Zoom from all around the World. The Merseyside IHS session on August 7th, The Seminar on September 18th morning & afternoon and the AGM & Rolt Lecture on September 25th were recorded and are available now on our YouTube channel:

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