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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Latest News
  • 25 September 2014 For anyone who knew Ken Andrews, the sad news (from Valerie Andrews) that Ken died last Thursday at Southmead Hospital. His cremation will be at 11.00am at Canford Cemetery on Thursday 25 September, next. More details
  • 15th September You may be interested to watch a short film presented by John Craven celebrating 80 years of BBC Bristol and includes Clifton Rocks Railway is due to go out next Monday (15th September) during the Points West programme at 6.30pm and then a longer version as part of Inside Out West at 7.30pm (also on BBC One in the West) then available afterwards for a week on BBC iPlayer.
  • 29 August 2014 Started to add pages from the book 'Progress Commerce 1893: The Ports of the Bristol Channel; Wales and the West' to the website. It contains details of local companies of the time.

  • 8 June 2014 MV Balmoral's Return to Bristol after receiving her 5 year Maritime Coastal Inspection certificate at Sharpness. MV Balmoral photographs
  • 1st April 2014 April Fools joke in the Bristol Post about storing books in the Clifton Rocks Railway
clifton rocks railway books
BIAS Events
Thursday 11th September 7:30pm Keynsham Tools of the Trade talk by Mike Horler (wheelwright and carriage builder) More details

Courses, conferences and events of interest to BIAS members

Saturday 13 September 10-4: Bristol Doors Open Day a once-a-year chance to look behind closed doors and discover the city’s hidden treasures. You can explore fascinating buildings, join guided tours and enjoy a range of events and activities – all free for the day. With over 60 venues taking part this year – the event’s 21st birthday – join us for a fantastic celebration of Bristol’s history, architecture and culture.
Several venues in BS8 including the Brunel Swivel Bridge and Clifton Rocks Railway

Contact if you wish to join a Guided walk at 14:00 from SS Great Britain to the Swivel Bridge with Mr Brunel

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Check out the latest application to be considered
  • 3 June 2014: Land On North Side Of Belgrave Hill Bristol again
  • 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

Belgrave Hill quarry guildhall
Photo gallery - all contributions welcomely received!
Latest to be added are Clifton Suspension Bridge, 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, NOT 22 (due to Big Bicycle Ride) June , 19, 20 July, 16, NOT 17 August, 13, NOT 14 September, 18, 19 October. Note 13 Sept is Doors Open Day
    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
  • Bristol Records Office, 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
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