Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society (BIAS)

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Welcome to the Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society website. This site contains information about the Society, details of its events and information about all that we care about in Bristol.

The Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society was founded in 1967 to coordinate the research, conservation and preservation of the remains of the industrial and commercial activity in the Bath and Bristol area.

Since 1968 it has produced an annual journal of research of its members and a bulletin three times each year. The society produces booklets, trail leaflets and back copies of its annual journal are available on application.

The Society encourages research into recording of industrial sites and is consulted on planning issues concerning industrial remains and is represented on local council consultation bodies. The Society holds fortnightly meetings in the Bath and Bristol area and excursions are organised in the summer months.

Why not join and get a first-class journal, bulletins, attend loads of lectures and walks! Help us too! Over 45 years old shows how good it is!

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Dec 2013: Navigation has been changed and will hopefully help you find information easier!

Sitemap This list also helps you navigate around the site and shows you how much we do, and how frequently we update our information.

Latest News
  • 1st April 2014 April Fools joke in the Bristol Post about storing books in the Clifton Rocks Railway
  • Feb 2014: New book on Brunel published: Brunel in Bristol by John Christopher
  • Watch until 7th Feb 2014: Michael Portillo continues his Great British Railway journey from Southampton to Wolverhampton beginning today in Chippenham, where at Lacock Abbey he discovers how the world's first photographic negative was made and learns how to make a print. He travels on to Bristol to visit the Victorian Clifton Zoo, where he finds tigers and polar bears before him also arrived by train, Clifton and Clifton Rocks Railway.
clifton rocks railway books
BIAS Events
Thursday 27th 7:30pm Keynsham The coal industry in Bristol. Mike Gywther of BAAS will talk about the archaeology of the Bristol coal industry and how the surviving remains illustrate factors in its rise and decline.

Courses, conferences and events of interest to BIAS members
Latest: Field Geology in South Shropshire Part 2 Dr Nick Chidlaw June 2014

Somerdale Sentinel
The Sentinel at Bitton
Check out the latest application to be considered
  • 21 Feb 2014: Sign a petition to save Cardiff Coal Exchange is grade 2* listed, and one of the finest buildings in Wales. Cardiff is on the brink of losing this significant piece of its architectural and industrial heritage because of See also and attachments for details. We could be losing one of Wales's most iconic buildings (that unfortunately is one of the least known) to the wrecking ball, in a matter of weeks. It is so iconic, because its original function is at the heart of what made modern Wales, so any help will be hugely appreciated.
    Sign this petition to be delivered to: John Griffiths AM - Minister for Culture and Sport.
  • Restore McArthur's Warehouse and turn it into a community asset. This is an idea submitted to George Ferguson's Ideas Lab and it quotes my ideas from 2005! Please vote on it.
  • Former Guildhall Chambers Broad Street Bristol BS1 1DR 13/05880/LA. Internal works to include disassembly, transfer, conservation, storage and reassembly of fireplaces; removal of Royal arms and fixed furniture from courtroom 16; removal of 1940s/1960s partitions from chambers' first floor. We are organising a visit in May
Photo gallery - all contributions welcomely received!
Latest to be added are Medway Queen, and a link to a 1902 film on the river between Clifton and Portishead
  • Brunel Swivel Bridge details of work to be carried out in 2014. Next working days: 26+27 April NOT 19+20 April 2014 (Easter), 24, 25 May, 21, 22 June, 19, 20 July, 16, 17 August, 20, 21 September, 19, 20 October.
    New website: Brunel's Other Bridge
  • Clifton Rocks Railway

    Friday 26 February 2014 18:00 Come the the AGM at the Avon Gorge Hotel

  • BIAS Gazeteer of Industrial Sites of the Bristol and Bath Area. We want your help
Brunel Swivel Bridge
Requests for help - from members only
  • Saturday 1 March at 2pm: Volunteer information event Know Your Bristol On the Move. Bristol Record Office, Create Centre, Smeaton Road are seeking volunteers for a major new project to add thousands of Bristol postcards from The Roy Vaughan (previous CHIS committee member) postcard collection to Know Your Place. Could you help to research photos or update the website? More details
  • February: Help Broadway Area clear the pit at Avonmouth and stack the 4-5000 blues they hope to recover to rebuild Broadway station,
avonmouth turntable
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