NIAS - Norfolk Industrial Archaeology Society

For general enquiries please use the method on the next page so that the most appropriate person can can answer your questions.

This helps reduce the huge amount of spam which fills our inbox and also reduces the possibility your messages will be missed or accidentally sent to Junk.

The Society covers the industrial history and archaeology of Norfolk, United Kingdom, with a special emphasis of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Everything about how people lived and worked, the buildings and other structures occupied,machinery and tools used, and methods and materials employed are included.


We are interested in not just the manufacturing industries and machines used in those industries, but all places of work and the work they did, from farming to fishing, shoemaking to solicitors. Accountants, boat builders, curriers, millwrights, retailers, sail makers, wholesalers, and whitesmiths are just some of the hundreds of trades and skills that we cover in our investigations.


We are also interested in the lives of those who worked in those industries, together with their homes, shops, churches and chapels, pubs, cinemas, theatres, roads, railways, canals and other infrastructure.


Like all good societies, NIAS also has a considerable social element, where new friends can be made.


NIAS is affiliated to the Association for Industrial Archaeology, and is a member of The Council of British Archaeology.  Members are covered by insurance when on field meetings.


NIAS can provide speakers for other societies and groups on a range to topics related to our interests.




Membership is open to all, with no restriction on age or location.


The current annual membership subscription is £20 individual, £25 for two persons living at the same address.


Members receive the  PDF Newsletter , and most years a printed Journal or other publication.


Members can also buy Society Publications at a discounted Members  price, including extra copies to give as gifts.


Members are welcome at any Society meeting with no additional charge, however you must observe site safety on field meetings.


We have insurance to cover field meetings.


Prospective members are welcome to attend any of our meetings as guests, with the exception, for insurance reasons, of field meetings.


Click on the membership form image to download a pdf membership form with payment and contact details.