AIA 50th Anniversary Conference September 2023

To celebrate 50 years of Industrial Archaeology the Association for Industrial Archaeology (AIA) will be organising a 50th anniversary conference over six days in the city where the Association held its first conference: Bath. This will take place from 1st to 6th September 2023 at the University of Bath.

The Association will be looking not only at the achievements of the AIA over the past half century but also the spread of Industrial Archaeology to other parts of the world with several international speakers contributing lectures on the Saturday morning.

The seminar on Friday will consider the work currently being done by the upcoming generation of industrial archaeologists. In place of the traditional Rolt Lecture after the AGM on Sunday morning, the AIA will be celebrating the pioneering industrial archaeology achievements of the late Angus and Brenda Buchanan.

Both the seminar and the weekend conference events will be hybrid, allowing those members unable to attend in person to join the presentations. However, it is hoped that members will take this opportunity, after a break of three years, to attend in person to renew old friendships and form new ones.

The Conference programme is as follows:

  • Friday – Young Members Board Seminar, Evening Reception
  • Saturday – Celebration of the work of the AIA nationally & internationally, Award presentations, Conference dinner
  • Sunday morning – AGM, followed by a celebration of Angus and Brenda Buchanan with presentations by Sir Neil Cossons, Keith Falconer OBE and Prof. Marilyn Palmer MBE
  • Sunday afternoon – Visit to the museum of Bath at Work, Civic Reception
  • Monday – Choice of visits to local sites of IA interest, evening talk
  • Tuesday – Choice of visits to local sites of IA interest, evening talk
  • Wednesday – Choice of visits to local sites of IA interest

Booking is available in four packages covering the fill six days, the weekend events, the Friday seminar, or online access for the Friday & weekend. Go to the AIA website to see full details and to book:

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