SIAS

 

 

 

Diary

 

Please note that members or guests taking part in meetings, visits or field events do so at

their own risk as SIAS can not accept any responsibility for injury or damage.

SOMERSET INDUSTRIAL

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

 

Talks: Held fortnightly during the Autumn and Winter. Under normal circumstances these are held at Silver Street Baptist Church, Taunton, fortnightly on Monday evenings at 19:30 from October to March. They cover a a wide range of topics. There is also a free-of-charge Book Exchange, and SIAS publications are on sale. There is no charge to members to attend lectures; non-members are welcome and are charged £3.

SEE BELOW FOR ARRANGEMENTS DURING THE CURRENT CRISIS

 

Field Trips: SIAS enjoys a full programme of day, half-day and evening visits to places of industrial and historic interest. There is no charge to members unless there are transport costs or admission fees to pay.

Members must indicate the visits in which they intend to participate. Please contact the Field Officer, Peter Daniel (address below) to book places.

Non-members can attend field trips on payment of a £3 fee in addition to any other charges, but please first contact the Field Officer, Peter Daniel (address below) to book places.

Where the number of available places is limited, preference will be given to members.

Contact: Peter Daniel, peter.daniel51@btinternet.com

 

ON-LINE ZOOM PROGRAMME

 

SPECIAL NOTES FOR NON-MEMBERS WISHING TO JOIN ON-LINE MEETINGS

Non-members are welcome to join online meetings. Payment of the £3 fee per talk can be made:

by PayPal at https://paypal.me/SomersetIASociety?locale.x=en_GB

or

by sending a cheque made payable to SIAS to:

The Honorary Treasurer, Barbara Cooper, Park Field Cottage, Chipley, Langford Budville, Wellington, Somerset TA21 0QU

or

by bank transfer:

Account Name: Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society

Bank Sort Code: 30-98-45

Account Number: 00833853

Reference: your name (essential to allow SIAS to cross-reference the payment with your membership.)

Non-members must then email contact@sias.me.uk stating their name and which talk(s) they have paid to join. A link to the appropriate Zoom meeting will then be sent by email.

Non-members may prefer to to pay the £16 membership fee for the year to obtain free entry to all talks and to receive the SIAS Bulletin by post three times a year.
 

EMERGENCY PROGRAMME

In view of the continued uncertainty over Covid restrictions SIAS has decided to continue with online lectures/talks by Zoom for at least the early summer period. Some outdoor fossicks have been provisionally included for late summer in case they are able to go ahead, but this is subject to confirmation. If, later in the summer,  further visits, including indoor visits, are permitted and deemed safe, then some possibilities are under consideration. No decisions can be made until it is clear what social distancing or other precautions will be necessary at the time. According to the Government’s ‘roadmap’, these decisions will be made by 21st June. Therefore, any additional items to our on-line 'Zoom' programme will hopefully be announced at our lecture meeting on 21st June, and posted here.

 

SUMMER PROGRAMME

 

The link to Zoom for each talk will be sent out to all members by email in the days before the meeting.

 

April 26th (Monday): Evening talk by zoom at 19:30. Brian Vincent - The Butlers and the Coal-Tar Distillery at Crew’s Hole, Bristol.

 

May 24th (Monday): Evening talk by zoom at 19:30. Peter Maunder -  The Serge Trade in Devon and West Somerset

 

June 21st (Monday): Evening talk by zoom at 19:30. Ian Mackintosh - 400 years of Stroudwater Textiles.

 

August 4th (Wednesday): PROVISIONAL - Evening Fossick around Creech St Michael led by Peter Daniel. Meet 18.30 at Canalside Car Park, off Vicarage Lane, TA3 5PW [Grid Reference: ST 275255]

 

September 12th (Sunday): PROVISIONAL - Afternoon Fossick around Bridgwater Docks and Quayside led by Iain Miles. Meet 15:00 at Northgate Car Park (free on Sundays), TA6 3HR [Grid Reference: ST 299374]

 

Note: Members should indicate the visits in which they intend to participate by e-mail (address below) so that numbers can be estimated, and to know who to contact in the event of cancellation.

 

If you have any queries on the programme, transport problems, etc., please contact

Peter Daniel - e-mail peter.daniel51@btinternet.com or telephone 07736 374003

 

FIELDWORK

 

This is in abeyance at present until SIAS knows for sure what will be allowed. There are a couple of possible fieldwork projects and this page will be kept up to date with any details.

 


A NEW HOME FOR SIAS

After exhaustive enquires and many visits to inspect facilities, the SIAS committee finally settled on Silver Street Baptist Church, which is situated on the gyratory system where the B3170 from Corfe meets the A38. There is limited parking in the Church's private car park, but please do not park in reserved spaces.

 

Location maps

BRISTOL INDUSTRIAL

ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

 

Meetings are held in Keynsham British Legion, Charlton Road, Keynsham BS31 2JA

Contact: tba

More information: www.b-i-a-s.org.uk

COKER ROPE & SAIL TRUST

 

Dawes Twine Works - West Coker

More information: www.westcoker.net/home-page/ropewalk

DORSET INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SOCIETY

 

Meetings areheld in the Dorset Room of the Colliton Club, Dorchester (opposite County Hall). All are welcome, including non-members (£2 charge)

Contact: For information contact Ian White on 01929 462868

More information: www.dorsetias.com

INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGY SECTION

of the DEVON ASSOCIATION

 

Further details from Brendan Hurley - brendanhurley@fastmail.co.uk

More information: www.devonassoc.org.uk/sections

WESTONZOYLAND ENGINE TRUST

 

When Covid restrictions are lifted, Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum will be open every Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm throughout the year. Admission is free when not in steam.

More information: www.wzlet.org 

GREAT WESTERN SOCIETY - Taunton Branch

 

Meetings are held at Stoke St Mary Village Hall, near Taunton. All are welcome.

 

More information:

https://didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk/article.php/31/local-great-western-society-groups/ab3813246d76567898d7973ba600942a

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