This page is added to give prospective members an idea of some of the subjects covered by our meetings.  See the diary page for the current programme of meetings.

Thursday 3rd September 2015

Gunton Mill - 40 years of NIAS involvement with this historic Mill

NIAS has been involved with Gunton Mill in many ways over the past 40 years. From obtaining recognition of its importance and several restorations due to weather, to understanding the history and working of the mill and restoration work on the water wheels and machinery to enable the mill to run  again.

Saturday 5th September  3.30pm

Gunton Mill - Members Visit

A chance for members to visit the mill after its recent restoration, and socialise with some of the volunteers who keep the mill operating on open days.  Light Refreshments will be available  (but toilet accomodation is limited)

Afterwards those who wish can join us for a meal at Banningham Crown  (5.30 for 6) where we have made a provisional booking as a group.

Thursday  1st October

The Association for Industrial Archaeology by John Jones

NIAS is a member of the AIA, but just what is it and what does it do. John is Treasurer of AIA and he is going to tell us about some of the many aspects of the AIA, not least what individual members can get out of the organisation and its annual conference.

Thursday 5th November

From 1846 - the Story of Pank's by Peter Pank

Peter Pank has worked almost all his life in the family firm.  Over the years Pank's took over a number of other engineering companies in Norwich.

Thursday 3rd December

Annual General Meeting

After what we hope will be a short meeting refreshments, a chance to socialise and maybe a quiz or something similar.

Thursday 7th January 2016

Members night. - Our popular night, often one of the best of the year.

Short presentations from members on any IA related topic (and often some off topic as well). 5 to 20 minutes please. Contributions welcome from all members. If possible let the chairman know so he can book you a slot, otherwise we will do the best to fit you in on the night.

Thursday 4th February 2016

The Barton House Railway.  by Peter Bower

This railway originated from the 3 1/2"  gauge loco that his great-grandfather bought c. 1920 and has developed  so that BHR is now in its 52nd year.

Thursday 3rd March 2016

North Walsham and Dilham Canal 1825-2025 by Ivan Cane

Ivan Cane takes us through the story of Norfolk's only locked canal, looking at its history, construction, working life and demise.  Then he

will look at the current restoration achievements, challenges and proposals for the coming decade.  This unique Norfolk industrial artifact represents one of the later canals built in the country, and the only one engineered by John Millington.  Ivan Cane is the East Anglian Waterways Association's Archivist for the North Walsham and Dilham Canal Records.

Thursday 7th April 2016

Other Peoples Rubbish - Mick Crask

Mick gave us an insight to his bottle collecting activities in 2015 members night.  Following further work in Kings Lynn and Diss he has agreed to give us a talk; not just about the finds from the 1880s, but also the trials and tribulations of excavation in the urban context.

Thursday 5th May

The development of Great Yarmouth as a holiday resort - Ann Dunning

As Great Yarmouth developed its resort so grand hotels and houses were planned, and some built.  Attractions for visitors such as the aquarium, circus, and fun fair followed to entertain the 1000's of visitors brought to the resorts three railway stations  operated by competing railway companies.

Saturday 14th May, 1pm, Lacon’s Brewery, Main Cross Road (beach end)

A guided walk round some of Great Yarmouth’s historic resort.

We start at Lacon’s Brewery to see the impressive museum of Lacon’s material the new brewery has put together. This is a special opening by the Head Brewer, so please arrive in good time.

This meeting involves walking at least 3km., and will require care in some areas, sensible footwear essential. There will be a tea break & toilet stops. Afterwards those who wish may join us for a meal.

Saturday 11th June 2016East of England Regional Industrial Archaeological Conference

For details see pdf file

Thursday 8th September - a week later to avoid bank holiday

Behind Closed Doors

Note: please check venue closer to date it may be moved, if not on email or internet check with Mary Fewster.

A look at some of the unexpected businesses and other enterprises that operated in Norwich and Norfolk, often unnoticed in the street scene.

The records kept by the Society show us just what unexpected things could be found behind closed doors.

Thursday 6th October

Under the Parsons Nose - Chris Armstrong

Benjamin Armstrong was Vicar of Dereham for 38 years in the mid to late 19th century. His dairy has been published, the latest volume being edited by Chris Armstrong.   It provides an intriguing picture of market town life in the mid Victorian era. Armstrong was also a regular traveller to the continent and recorded his (not always complimentary) views on continental manners. His father’s London connections meant that he was presented to Queen Victoria and attended events such as the funeral of Wellington, all of which are described in the diary.

Thursday 3rd November

The History of Fork-Lift Trucks - Jeff Stirrat

This is a talk on the much overlooked workhorse of commercial and industrial life.

Thursday 5th January 2017

Members Night - Short talks from members

Our ever popular evening when members are encouraged to give short presentations (No longer than 20 minutes) on a topic loosely related to Industrial history or archaeology.  If members can let the Chairman know in advance it helps with planning the evening, or take pot luck and turn up on the night and we will try to slot you in.

Thursday 2nd February

Taking Boats Uphill - Staunches and Stanches - Ivan Cane

This talk covers staunches, stanches, half locks, flash locks, turf locks and river locks. At the end of the talk we will all know what each of these are, suffice to say that they are all ways that boats went uphill whilst rivers were kept deep enough for navigation.  Ivan's talks are excellent, often illustrated with rare images.

Thursday 2nd March

Prosperity and Poverty in the Textile Industry in Eighteenth Century Norwich - Jean Smith

The talk will look at the 'great and good' such as the Harveys who did well out of the trade, as well as the workers who were often exploited and suffered real poverty in times of depression.

Thursday 6th April

Market to Market - Mary Fewster

How were goods transported to and from market in the pre lorry age.