Synopses & Reviews
The Council for British Archaeology was the first organisation to champion the cause of 'Industrial Archaeology', over 50 years ago. This new book, the latest in the CBA's popular Practical Handbook series, celebrates our commitment to Industrial Archaeology. The book is based around a series of Day Schools run by the CBA and the Association for Industrial Archaeology, supported by English Heritage, which aimed to increase awareness and build skills to record our industrial heritage. Since the term 'Industrial Archaeology' was first used by the CBA in the late 1950s, the landscape of our industrial towns and cites has changed beyond recognition. Our industrial heritage is all around us, but many of the structures are severely threatened by modern development. This has recently been recognised by English Heritage with the publication of their Industrial Heritage at Risk list. Britain has long been recognised as the cradle of the industrial revolution, and buildings and monuments from industries as diverse as brewing to china clay extraction can be found around the UK. This book considers not only the industries themselves but also the power that drove them, the transport network that distributed the products, and the houses in which the workforce lived. Edited by Professor Marilyn Palmer, the UK's first professor of Industrial Archaeology, with contributions from some of the country's leading specialists in industrial archaeology, this Handbook provides an informative and accessible guide to the industrial remains of the UK. It is also the first industrial archaeology book to consider the excavated as well as the building evidence. This book will be essential reading for professionals, academics, students and anyone with an interest in our industrial heritage, giving concise summaries of the history of different industries, together with descriptions of the structures and below-ground remains likely to be encountered. Extensive suggestions for further reading are included, as well as key sites. The book begins with an explanation of the current legislative situation for industrial remains and the history of protection for these important monuments.