Bristol Industrial
Archaeological Society (BIAS)
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BIAS Constitution

BIAS 50

1 TITLE

The Society shall be called BRISTOL INDUSTRIAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY.

2 OBJECTS

The objects of the Society shall be:
  1. To promote research into the industrial archaeology of the region.
  2. To carry out and encourage field work of the highest possible standard
  3. To carry out and encourage research on documentary material relating to the region.
  4. To publish the results of its research in the best possible way.
  5. To encourage and train persons interested in industrial archaeology.
  6. To present an informed opinion to responsible bodies concerning matters of possible preservation.
  7. To carry out such other tasks as may from time to time be thought necessary by the Committee.

3 SCOPE

The area in which the Society shall pursue its aims shall comprise the City of Bristol and County of Avon, and the surrounding regions.

4 DISPOSITION OF FINDS

Industrial Archaeological material acquired in the name of the Society whilst directly engaged in the Society's activities shall be offered to an appropriate Museum In the event of rejection of this material by these museums, the material shall be at the disposal of the Society.

5 MEMBERSHIP

Membership shall be open to anyone interested in the industrial archaeology of the region.

6 SUBSCRIPTIONS

Subscriptions at rates decided by a general meeting of the Society shall be payable in advance on 1st January. Membership shall lapse if payment is more than three months in arrears.

7 OFFICERS

7.1 The officers of the Society shall be the following:
  1. Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Secretary and Excursions Organiser. These shall retire annually and be eligible for re-election. The term of office of the Chairman shall be limited to any two successive years.
  2. Other officers may be appointed by the Committee as and when necessary.
  3. Two auditors, who shall not be members of the Committee, shall be appointed. They shall retire annually and be eligible for election.
7.2 There may also be a President of the Society. A suitable person may be selected by the Committee, and the appointment proposed for approval at a General Meeting of the Society. A President shall be appointed for a period of three years and may be proposed for re-appointment. The President, though he may attend meetings of the committee, will not be concerned with the day-to-day running of the Society, through the Committee, but may represent the Society at the request of the Committee. He may be invited to take the Chair at meetings.

8 COMMITTEE

  1. The Committee shall consist of a maximum of eleven members including the above officers, with power to co-opt up to a total of fifteen. Two of the co-opted members shall be the Curator of Technology of Bristol City Museum and the Director of the Centre for the History of Technology, Science and Society at the University of Bath.
  2. Ordinary members of the Committee shall retire annually and be eligible for re-election.
  3. The Committee shall meet at least three times annually and at such times as maybe found necessary and desirable. Five shall form a quorum
  4. The Committee shall have power to fill any vacancy on its body or in the officeholders, to co-opt and to setup SubCommittees. It shall be responsible for the ordinary business of the Society.

9 USE OF FUNDS

  1. The funds derived from subscriptions, donations, etc., shall be allocated as the Committee shall determine in the furtherance of the objects of the Society.
  2. The accounts of the Society shall be audited and submitted to the Annual General Meeting.

10 ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE

All officers and members of the Committee (other than co-opted members) shall be elected at the Annual General Meeting. Nominations can be made by the Committee or by members and must be seconded.

11 GENERAL MEETINGS

  1. The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held before 1 April of each year for the election of officers and Committee, the adoption and alteration of rules, the presentation of reports, and for any other business. At this meeting 15 shall be a quorum.
  2. Notice of the Annual General Meeting shall be circulated to all members at least one month before the date of the meeting. All business for inclusion on the agenda of the Annual General Meeting must be submitted to the Secretary of the Society at least 14 days before the Meeting.
  3. An Extraordinary General Meeting may be summoned by the Committee, or on receipt by the Secretary of a request signed by at least 10 members.
  4. Not less than 14 days notice of Genera? Meetings of the Society shall be given to all members.

12 DISSOLUTION OF THE SOCIETY

  1. Any proposal for the dissolution of the Society, signed by 10 members, shall be sent to the Secretary at least one month before the General Meeting at which it is to be discussed and shall be notified to all members at least one month before the meeting.
  2. Such a proposal shall not be carried unless at least two-thirds of the members of the Society voting are in favour.
  3. Any such proposal must contain a provision for the disposal of the Society's property in accordance with Rule 9.

13 ALTERATION OF RULES

No alteration or addition to these rules shall be made except at a General Meeting of the Society, Notice of such amendments having been sent to the Secretary not less than twenty-one days before the meeting, and he shall notify all members not less than fourteen days before the Meeting. No amendment shall be adopted unless supported by a twothirds majority of the members participating.
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