Bristol Industrial
Archaeological Society (BIAS)
BIAS@50 - 1967-2017 - Celebrating half a century of research

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BIAS is 50 in 2017
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Welcome to the Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society website. This site contains information about the Society, details of its events and information about all that we care about in Bristol.

The Bristol Industrial Archaeological Society was founded in 1967 to coordinate the research, conservation and preservation of the remains of the industrial and commercial activity in the Bath and Bristol area.

Since 1968 it has produced an annual journal of research of its members and a bulletin three times each year. The society produces booklets, trail leaflets and back copies of its annual journal are available on application.

We are 50 years old in 2017 and still going strong. Help us celebrate our birthday..

The Society encourages research into recording of industrial sites and is consulted on planning issues concerning industrial remains and is represented on local council consultation bodies. The Society holds fortnightly meetings in the Bath and Bristol area and excursions are organised in the summer months.

Why not join and get a first-class journal, bulletins, attend loads of lectures and walks! Help us too!

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Sitemap This list also helps you navigate around the site and shows you how much we do, and how frequently we update our information.

  • May 2017: Tony gave a talk about progress with the Gazeteer at the 50th birthday party of BIAS.
  • March 2017: Sir Neil Cossons gave a talk about the history of BIAS. His talk has been published in the latest Journal.
  • August 2016: We also forming the Avon Industrial Partnership. The idea of the AIHP is that organisations with a shared
    interest in the subject could work in concert and the AIHP Logo is something that, as an experiment in 2017,
    could be used to help in a small way to show the affinity between disparate industrial organisations in our area.
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  • July 2016: It was agreed that to celebrate the 50th anniversary of BIAS we should publish an updated gazeteer, using updated data. It is hoped to be in print in the Autumn 2017.
  • February 2015: Added Work in Bristol 1883 to the website
  • January 2015: Added BIAS Journals 1-10 to the website
  • Sunday 7th December 2014 at 7pm saw a spectacular display of fireworks to mark the 150th anniversary of the opening of the Suspension Bridge. Monday 8th December at 3pm saw a procession of dignatories walk across the bridge to the new Visitor Centre.
  • 31 October 2014: Started adding images of foundry plaques to be found in Bristol on the website
  • 29 August 2014 Started to add pages from the book 'Progress Commerce 1893: The Ports of the Bristol Channel; Wales and the West' to the website. It contains details of local companies of the time.

  • 8 June 2014 MV Balmoral's Return to Bristol after receiving her 5 year Maritime Coastal Inspection certificate at Sharpness. MV Balmoral photographs

News of members

BIAS Events
Events up to December 2016 have been added.

Courses, conferences and events of interest to BIAS members

journal 48
Check out the latest application to be considered
  • March 2015: Bitton paper mill
  • Nov 2014: Belgrave Hill Quarry got planning permission. Developer promptly tried to sell at auction in Feb 2015 but failed to get 125,000.
  • 21 Feb 2014: Sign a petition to save Cardiff Coal Exchange is grade 2* listed, and one of the finest buildings in Wales. Cardiff is on the brink of losing this significant piece of its architectural and industrial heritage because of See also and attachments for details. We could be losing one of Wales's most iconic buildings (that unfortunately is one of the least known) to the wrecking ball, in a matter of weeks. It is so iconic, because its original function is at the heart of what made modern Wales, so any help will be hugely appreciated.
    Sign this petition to be delivered to: John Griffiths AM - Minister for Culture and Sport.

Belgrave Hill quarry
Photo gallery - all contributions welcomely received!
Latest to be added are Clifton Suspension Bridge, Clifton Rocks Railway, and a link to a 1902 film on the river between Clifton and Portishead
Projects Brunel Swivel Bridge
Requests for help - from members only avonmouth turntable
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