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.



*** FURTHER ALTERATIONS (05/12/2021) ***

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.



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,





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

by PayPal at


by sending a cheque made payable to SIAS to:

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


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 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.

SIAS Autumn Programme 2021/22


Meetings on Zoom have been a mixed blessing. Many members have missed meeting with friends and many are lacking the technology or inclination to participate online. On the other hand, Zoom lectures have allowed participation by members remote from Taunton and have also enabled speakers to be engaged from a distance. Given the additional uncertainty as to future variants, rules, and lockdowns, SIAS has decided to have a hybrid programme in Autumn with some talks online and some as physical meetings at Silver Street Baptist Church if circumstances allow. We have also managed to fit in some more visits as usual, please book visits with the Field Officer as numbers are limited. It is possible some other visits may be arranged; if so they will be notified by email and on the website. All evening meetings will start at 7.30pm but please note that the dates are not at regular fortnightly intervals. The programme for Autumn 2021 is as follows


Wednesday 29th September Afternoon visit to Green and Carter at Ashbrittle to see hydraulic rams, 2 foot gauge railway, limekilns and lakes. Meet 2pm at the Vulcan Works, Ashbrittle, near Wellington, TA21 0LQ, Grid Reference: ST 046209. Share cars if possible because parking is limited.


Monday 4th October Peter Lamb, The Early Supplies of Electricity in the South-West. Talk on Zoom.


Monday 18th October Afternoon visit to Robert Garrett at Pitt Farm to see his restored agricultural machinery from a number of local manufacturers. Meet 2pm at Pitt Farm, Culmstock, EX15 3HN, Grid Reference: ST 110144. Share cars if possible because parking is limited.


Monday 25th October Lynne Mayers, Bal Maidens of the South-West (the female manual labourers to be found at mines and other extractive industries).


Monday 1st November Jo Alexander-Jones, Let there be gas A history of the gas industry and associated technologies in the UK.


*** Friday 12th November - ADDITIONAL VISIT to Tone Works, Wellington. POSTPONED - Members who have booked places will be notified of revised arrangements as soon as information is available.


Monday 22nd November Patrick Moss, The Somerset Coal Canal. WILL NOW BE HELD at Silver Street. All attendees will be required to wear masks when moving around the building. Seating, other than for family/household groups, will be suitably distanced. Hand sanitizer will be available.


Monday 29th November Tim Smith, The Wealden Iron Industry. Talk on Zoom. 


*** Monday 6th December Members evening (open to all)   including a presentation by Lizzie Induni on 'Corrugated Iron', Lynne Mayers will present some Balmaiden artefacts following on from her talk in October, and Peter Daniel will talk about the Rattlebrook Tramway on Dartmoor. THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT SILVER STREET. All attendees will be required to wear masks when moving around the building. Seating, other than for family/household groups, will be suitably distanced. Hand sanitizer will be available.


2022 (provisional details)


Monday 10th January - Stephen Holley - Dartmoor Tinworking. Talk on Zoom.


Monday 24th January - SIAS at 50 - This is the closest date to inaugural meeting SIAS meeting held 50 years ago. It is hoped that, in addition to other items, Peter Daniel will present a review of some of the sites and projects that SIAS were involved with in its first three years, David Greenfield will talk about his recollections of the inaugural meeting and what happened next, and Iain Miles will present slides of the demolition of Poole Brickworks. Silver Street


Monday 14th February - Tim Smith - a history of steelmaking from Bessemer to the present day


Monday 28th February - To be confirmed


Monday 14th March14th - Michael Ball - Bridgwater Tiles in Brittany. Talk on Zoom


Monday 28th March - AGM, followed by the Annual SIAS Quiz



We still have some fieldwork to do at Otterhead and a potential survey of an edge tool works at Doulting. Both were put off due to Covid restrictions and we are now in the wrong time of year because of vegetation. When we can re-programme these we will, and provide updates on the SIAS website. 


Field Officer contact details Peter Daniel:


telephone 01288 341653 or 07763 374003


Meetings take place at Silver Street Baptist Church Hall or on-line via 'Zoom'

The hall 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




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

Contact: tba

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Dawes Twine Works - West Coker

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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

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Further details from Brendan Hurley -

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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.

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


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