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

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












Talks: Held fortnightly on Monday evenings from October to March and cover a wide range of topics. Refreshments are available and SIAS publications are for sale.

There is no charge to members to attend lectures; non-members are welcome and are charged £3.


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,




May 13th (Monday): Afternoon visit to Bridgetown Mill, Exton, at Exe Valley Caravan Site. Meet 14.00 at the mill, TA22 9JN, GR SS923333. The mill contains most of its machinery and the wheel will be turning. The mill featured in the recent members evening talk by Chris Cooper. Donations.


June 15th & 16th (Saturday & Sunday) [PLEASE NOTE REVISED DATES]: Three day, two night visit to Luxulyan Valley and St Austell area of Cornwall, being organised jointly with the Industrial Archaeology section of the Devonshire Association. Details are still being organised but will be emailed to members and be on the website when finalised. For those who are interested but not on the internet please complete the booking slip in the usual way and details will be sent by post. For fuller details click here to open a pdf file.


June 26th (Wednesday): Evening fossick around Street led by Mary Miles. Meet 18.30 in Cranhill Road Car Park, Cranhill Road, Street BA16 0JX, GR ST480365 (car park free after 18.00).


July 16th (Tuesday): Evening visit, guided tour, museum and tasting at Sheppys Cider, Bradford on Tone. Meet 19.00 at the visitor centre, TA4 1ER, GR ST177223. Price £12.50, payable on the night.


August 5th (Monday): Evening fossick to Milverton led by Peter Daniel. Meet 18.30 in Creedwell Orchard Car Park TA4 1PA, GR ST122257. Park on street near by if car park full.


August 9th – 14th (Friday – Wednesday): Association for Industrial Archaeology Annual Conference at Cannington.


September 10th (Tuesday): Afternoon trip on the Duchess of Cocklemoor from slipway at Langport, just upstream of Bow Bridge, TA10 9RB, GR ST414265. Two hour trip, aiming to go up to Midelney Lock and Pumping Station and down to Oath Lock. Duchess of Cocklemoor is over 100 years old and was the ferry between Teignmouth and Shaldon; she has been restored and is now solar powered. Suggested donation £7 each. Numbers limited but trip is being repeated the following week.


September 19th (Thursday): Afternoon trip on the Duchess of Cocklemoor from slipway at Langport, just upstream of Bow Bridge, TA10 9RB, GR ST414265. Two hour trip, aiming to go up to Midelney Lock and Pumping Station and down to Oath Lock. Duchess of Cocklemoor is over 100 years old and was the ferry between Teignmouth and Shaldon; she has been restored and is now solar powered. Suggested donation £7 each. Numbers limited.


Contact: For field trips, please contact the Field Officer, Peter Daniel,

(E-mail contact is preferred when possible since it makes it easier to contact those booked on trips in the event of changes, but telephone 07736 374003 if urgent.)




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

Contact: Maggie Shapland BEM, 97 Princess Victoria Street, Clifton, Bristol BS8 4DD


Thursday 18 January

7:30 Joint meeting with Newcomen Society at BAWA, 589 Southmead Road, Filton, Bristol BS34 7RG.

Advertising Material etc of the Late Nineteenth and Early 20th Century - John Penny

Experiences as a Volunteer - Sal Allman


Thursday 25 January

7:30pm Keynsham

A Marvel of Stone and Fire - the Abbot's Kitchen at Glastonbury

In 2013/14 the unique C14 stone structure of the Abbot's Kitchen was conserved and archaeologically recorded. The work and the findings have led to a significant re-interpretation of its fascinating story. Alan Thomas DipArch DipCons AABC RIBA, Conservation Architect.


Thursday 8 February

7:30pm Keynsham

Great Western Factory

It is almost a Century since the last cotton worker left the Cotton Mill in 1923. Garry Atterton of the Geographical Association and geography teacher at Castle School, Thornbury will talk about its history, and its working conditions. It was the largest textile factory in the South of England


Thursday 22 February

7:30pm Keynsham

Nailsea Glass

The Nailsea Glassworks, some eleven miles south-west of Bristol, was in production from 1788 to 1874. Tesco built a supermarket over part of the site and on completion commissioned Avon Archaeology Ltd to do a comprehensive study of the history, archaeology, etc of the works. Andrew Smith did the study and is currently investigating probable chemical works


Thursday 8 March

7:30pm Keynsham

John Scott Russell, victim of a bad Press.

Talk by Keith Hickman


Thursday 22 March

7:30pm Keynsham

Sinews of Slavery in Bristol's Industrial Past

Primarily about the fight to ban it, it takes in the industries that took off because of it; sugar, tobacco, ship building, brass manufacture and so on over a thousand year period. Industrial history from a slightly different angle? Mark Steeds


Thursday 12 April

7:30pm Keynsham

Recent Archaeological Discoveries that shed light

on Bristol housing and industry through the ages

Talk by Simon Cox, Head of Fieldwork, Cotswold Archaeology. Cotswold Archaeology has recently undertaken a number of archaeological excavations in Redcliff, Temple, Wapping Wharf and Lockleaze. Collectively, these investigations have begun to shed further light on Bristol housing and industry, from Roman to post-medieval periods. This includes the discovery of a Roman villa, medieval and post-medieval houses of varying status, and evidence for industries including brick-making, ship-building, glass-making, distilling and clay tobacco-pipe manufacture. The talk presents brief overview and key highlights from each of these archaeological excavations

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Dawes Twine Works - West Coker

Open on the 4th Saturday of every month - 10am to 4pm.

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Autumn & Winter meetings start at 7.30pm 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


Tuesday 22 January

The History of Poole’s Foundries

Guest Speaker - Mr. David Warhurst


Tuesday 26 February

Members’ Evening

Core Lecture: W H Bailey & Co. Salford

Member Speaker: Mr. Chris McKay

plus Members’ Contributions, Film Clips etc.


Tuesday 26 March

Coldharbour Woolen Mill, Uffculme, Devon

Guest Speaker - Mr. Martin Halse (Chief Exec.)


Tuesday 23 April

Brunel’s SS Great Britain

Guest Speaker - Mr. Ian Caskie


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Further details from Brendan Hurley -


Wednesday 16 January

10.30 - Thorverton Memorial Hall, Silver Street , Thorverton, Devon EX5 5LT

The Work of a Stonemason - Peter Dare

£3 (DA members) & £5 (non-members)


Saturday 9 February

10.00 - Dolphin Hotel, Bovey Tracey

Annual General Meeting

10.00 - coffee

10:30 - Miner’s Health and Welfare in the Tamar Valley - Rick Stewart FSA, mining historian followed by three 15-minute presentations by Section Members on their current research interests:

Twist to the Sodium Nitrate - StoryBob Ashford

Summary of the Most Interesting Papers presented at the annual conference

of the Association for Industrial Archaeology - Iain Miles

The Rolle Canal - Adrian Wills

followed by the AGM.

Free parking at the hotel

£3 (DA members) & £5 (non-members)


Tuesday 26 March

10.30 - Burton Art Gallery, Kingsley Road Bideford

19th Century Bridges on the Torridge - Professor Bill Harvey

followed by an afternoon visit to SS Freshspring

£3 (DA members) & £5 (non-members)


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Westonzoyland Pumping Station Museum is open every Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 5pm throughout the year. Admission is free when not in steam.


Special Event - Steam on the Levels 2018

Saturday and Sunday 18 and 19 May - 10.00 to 17.00 (tickets valid for both days)

This annual event aims to provide a spectacle of unusual historic exhibits from stationary steam engines, classic vehicles to living history groups, great fun for all the family!

30 Stationary Steam & Diesel Engines running all weekend

Steam Traction Engines

Stationary Engines

Classic Cars & Bikes

Vintage Tractors

Scammel Lorries & Living Wagon

5" Gauge Live Steam Railway offering rides for the whole family.

Bouncy Castle for the children

Visiting 2ft Gauge Locomotives to the railway

Threshing Machine

Craft & Sales Stands

Bookshop with a great range of interesting titles


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Meetings are held on the third Friday of each month, throughout the year, at Stoke St Mary Village Hall, near Taunton. TA3 5BY (unless otherwise indicated) commencing at 19.30 All are welcome.


Friday 18th January - Trevor Whitfield - ‘Trips, Tours and Evening Excursions (We do Fish on Sunday)’


Friday 15th February - Richard Antliff - A. G. M. followed by ‘Great Western Society Today’


Friday 15th March - Roger Marsh - ‘East of Penzance’


Friday 19th April - Jack Boskett - ‘Railways of Royalty’

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