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 What is Industrial Archaeology ?

It is the study of the working life of past generations through the physical and documentary evidence that they left

How did our ancestors live, work, travel? 
What machines, tools, and implements did they have? 
How were these developed, made and used? 
What sources of power did they have
and how did they transmit power to the point of application? 
How did they move their products? 
What were industrial buildings like and where were they sited? 

Industrial Archaeology shades into 'mainstream' archaeology as it goes back through the ages
It is also bound up with local history, economic history and the history of technology

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 We record and study the remains of past industries and the achievements of the people concerned with them
This involves surveying, drawing, and photography, as well as the written word
The results are published in our annual journal - Sussex Industrial History - which is on sale to non-members
Brief records go into our quarterly Newsletter to keep members abreast of what is going on

We also restore buildings and machinery, sometimes for display to the public at
the Amberley Industrial Museum, West Sussex
This gives those interested the opportunity to acquire practical skills
Members are insured on Society projects

The S.I.A.S. is affiliated to the Association for Industrial Archaeology and the Sussex Archaeological Society 
and works closely with the Amberley Museum and Heritage Centre 
the Wealden Iron Research Group, the Wey and Arun Canal Trust, and 
the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum
We collaborate with -
the East and West Sussex County Councils, Southern Water Services, the National Trust and other bodies

The Society also participates in the South East Regional Industrial Archaeology Conference (SERIAC),
having been instrumental initiating it. This society brings together IA and similar societies in
Kent, Greater London, Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and Sussex in an annual one-day meeting

The Society's activities are of increasing interest to visitors to Sussex, particularly to those from abroad who are working in the same field,
Details of over 200 industrial remains Sussex are contained in the latest edition of the Field Guide, obtainable from the Society
The Society has initiated a simple county-wide survey of buildings, items and remains of industrial archaeological interest.
This is being carried out by members in their own localities and volunteers are needed to fill in the remaining parts of Sussex
When completed this survey will be an invaluable source of national reference

Sussex Mills Group 

The Mills Group is part of Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society and membership of one provides membership of the other
The aims of the Group are to promote the preservation and restoration of mills, to record their physical remains and related activities,
to study and preserve documentary and other records relating to milling history and to provide a forum for related societies

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For more information and details of publications please contact:
the General Secretary: (Please note change)

Martin Snow, 32 Orchard Orchard Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex BN14 7PY - 01903 208975
email: martin(at)pastfinder.uk - note NOT .co
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Membership Secretary: See Membership Page

 Sussex Mills Group:
Secretary:  W.B Pike, Stream Cottage, Caulkins Mill, Mayfield, East Sussex. TN20 6UP
email: wbtpike(at)btinternet.com
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email: martin(at)pastfinder.uk
- note NOT .co
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Please exercise your own care and discretion in all web activity.
Any views or opinions or representations as to fact included on this website are those of the respective contributors
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