The term ‘Industrial Archaeology’ was coined in 1955 when it was felt a separate category of enquiry was required, scrutinising the built heritage and artefacts of the period of the industrial revolution in Britain. The earliest academic conferences on the subject were held at Bath University in 1965 and Bath and Bristol were two of the first cities subject to its scrutiny.
Almost sixty years on should we still be using the term and what elements of Bath helped define the theory and practice of Industrial Archaeology in the 1960s and 1970s ?
Stuart Burroughs grew up in Bathampton and has lived in Bath most of his life. He trained as an historian and it was this background with an interest and knowledge of the local area which led him to his current job as Director of the Museum of Bath at Work, championing the city’s working heritage and local history.
The talk is taking place at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, 16 Queen Square, Bath, BA1 2HN on Thursday 12th January 2023, 7.30pm, with an admission charge of £4 for members, and £5 for the general public. Pay on the door.