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BIAS histories

BIAS histories are a new venture by the Society. BIAS hope to publish many mini histories based on research done by mmbers. We plan to reprint articles from back copies of the BIAS Journal and other sources on subjects of interest where the original source is no longer available. Number 1 was launched at the BIAS AGM in April 2011.

Latest: The Brunel Walk by Ken Andrews

BIAS histories published to date are:

BIAS histories No 1 - The Avon Navigation

by Dr Brenda Buchanan. April 2011.
This article was originally published in Bath History in 1996. Dr Buchanan recounts the efforts of the Corporation of Bath to prepare plans to improve the navigability of the River Avon between Bath and Bristol culminating in an Act of Parliament in 1712. By 1724 these powers were transferred to a group of local entrepreneurs who set about the task of making the river suitable for traffic from Pulteney Weir to Bristol. The author fully describes the various works that were undertaken to achieve this aim.

Clearly written and nicely illustrated this BIAS histories will be of interest to all readers, but particularly those who wish to understand this vital trade link between Bristol and Bath and the canals beyond Bath.

BIAS histories No 2 - The Bristol City Docks and The Underfall Yard

by Tom Fisher, David Jones and Roy Day.
Comprising the re-printing of two early articles from the BIAS Journal, the first article describes the Tangyes twin-cylinder steam engine of 1885 that provided the power in the Port of Bristol Authority’s workshops at The Underfall Yard. The second article also provides descriptions of the machinery in the workshops and well as the working of The Underfall Yard.

BIAS Histories number 3 - The Rise and Fall of Bath's Breweries: 1736-1960.

by Mike Bone May 2012.
40 pages, some sketches and photographs. ISBN 978-1-908905-02-4

As would be expected, Mike Bone's meticulous research is evident. What a pleasure to see his work reprinted as a BIAS history, renewing interest in this fascinating aspect of social history. For all you beer drinkers, you will be aware of all the changes in the industry and the huge loss of pubs, but interestingly the rise of micro breweries such as the Bath Ales. A thoroughly good read, of interest to all who like history. Perhaps Mike could be persuaded to write up 1960-2012- the next years who knows? Or Bristol's breweries.

BIAS Histories No. 4 - Brunel's Locked Diary

34 pages, some sketches and photographs. ISBN 978-1-908905-04-8

Professor R. Angus Buchanan's transcription of the "Locked Diary" of I.K. Brunel. This very personal diary covers the period October 1 827 to April 1829. It covers his time working on the Thames Tunnel, an account of his accident there and other matters. Professor Buchanan has added much additional information in his preface and postscript notes and many footnotes.

BIAS Histories No. 5 - The Brunel Walk - Brunel and Other Things'

(BIAS Walks No. 1)

Ken Andrews guides you from Temple Meads to Cumberland Basin, pointing out the influence of Brunel along the way, as well as other points of industrial interest.

BIAS Journal

The annual issues of
BIAS Journal contain reports on local research and reviews of most IA books published in recent years.

How to buy

Published by Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society.

They can be purchased by BIAS members for £4 (£4.60 p&p) and non-members for £5 (£6 p&p) from:

Stuart Burroughs, Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath BA1 2RH. 01225 318348

Please make cheques payable to BIAS.

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