Somerset Industrial  Archaeological Society




Fieldwork Bulletins Notes and News Fossicks

UPDATED: 25.04.2016



Contrary to earlier reports reflected both here and in SIAS Bulletin 131, Westonzoyland Engine Trust are now pleased to announce that their "Steam on the Levels" event WILL now be taking place this year as advertised on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May. 10am - 5pm on both days.



SIAS Summer and Autumn dates announced

Associated and neighbouring  groups' Summer Programmes now available



Bulletin 131 has now been published


Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society


SIAS is interested in all aspects of the industrial history and heritage of the County of Somerset.The Society was founded in 1972 and the geographical frontiers of the Society were delineated by the Local Government Act which established the new County in the same year.   Cordial relations have been established with similar societies in neighbouring counties.The work of SIAS has included excavations, site surveys, ‘rescue’ operations for old machinery and the listing of significant industrial buildings. Records of these activities in the form of photographs, line drawings, maps and written reports have been retained in the Society's archives and at the Somerset Heritage Centre, with whom SIAS has established close links.

New members are always welcome. For details of membership contact the Secretary, Geoff Fitton, 01278 760869 or email


Talks are held fortnightly on Monday evenings from October to March at North Town School, off Wood Street, Taunton, (location map) starting at 19:30 and cover a wide range of topics. Refreshments are available and SIAS publications are for sale. There is no charge to members to attend lectures; non-members are welcome and are charged £2. For details see the Programme page.

Field Trips take place each summer. SIAS enjoys a full programme of day, half-day and evening visits to place of industrial and historic interest. Non-members can attend field trips but please first contact the Field Officer, Peter Daniel, (E-mail contact is preferred when possible, but telephone 07736 374003 if urgent.) For details see the Programme page.

Fieldwork involves investigation of specific sites, including, for example, photographs, measurements, excavation or clearance of vegetation. For details see the Fieldwork page.

Information on the current programme is published in the Bulletin which is circulated three times each year.

Committee Work

Apart from the governance of the society, members are involved in a range of other tasks including responding to local authority planning applications affecting industrial sites and structures and generally monitoring Somerset's industrial heritage.

For details see Notes & News


Bulletins are published and circulated to members, usually in January, April and September. Each Bulletin carries articles and reports on the industrial history of Somerset and also the current programme of events.

Surveys. SIAS publishes surveys on specific topics which are usually free to members (but are occasionally charged for if production costs have been high). There have been eighteen booklets published up to now.

Other SIAS (and non-SIAS) publications are also available and are listed on the Publications page.

All publications are available to non-members.


SIAS is affiliated to the
Association for Industrial

    SIAS has links with the following :
        Current Archaeology (website)
        Exmoor Mines Research Group - contact
Geoff Fitton, 01278 760869
        Friends of the Grand Western Canal (website) (Grand Western Canal Trust) (website)

        Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society (website)
        Somerset Heritage Centre (website)

        Somerset Vernacular Building Research Group (website)

        South Wiltshire Industrial Archaeology Society (website)
        The Somersetshire Coal Canal Society (website)
        Wessex Mills Group - (website)
        Westonzoyland Engine Trust - contact Iain Miles 01823 412713 (website)
        West Somerset Mineral Railway (website)

Please contact SIAS Webmaster Chris Cooper with any problems or suggestions concerning this website.

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