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Book reviews — October 1976

A Pocket Book for Industrial Archaeologists, Kenneth Hudson
134 Pages, A & C Black £2.25
This is very much a book for the second generation of industrial archaeology. Kenneth Hudson reviews the great things that have been achieved since the '50s, but says it's now time to shed the 'cool, iron and steel image with which industrial archaeology has grown up'. The first part of his book sets out the main tasks in LA for the next ten years, as he sees them and he puts IA into context as a provider of historical evidence and not an end in itself. He reviews the question of preservation vs. recording and lists some industries which he feels have been poorly treated by IA so far. Other sections deal with 'IA and the law' and 'Processing and presenting one's finds', where he makes a strong case for interviewing the people involved with a factory or workshop before starting recording of machinery, etc. Finally, there are lists of societies and relevant organisations and categorised list of key inventions for getting one's bearings; a useful idea, but why do four out of his five dates under 'Stone' refer to Bath stone? Nonetheless a good down-to-earth guide to a subject which can all too easily be fogged with technical confusion and emotionalism.

Shire Album No.15: Beam Engines, T E Crowley
45p, 32pages, 30 photos
Good value once again from Shire Albums, a short illustrated history of this fascinating class of machinery, complete with up-to-date list of museums and sites open to the public.

Welsh Coal Mines, by Dr W G Thomas
64 pages, illustrated
Although not obviously relevant to London, this informative guide to 59 collieries is too good to miss. Covers above and below ground, general and detailed views, men and transport. Excellent value at 45p plus 15p P&P from National Museum of Wales, Cardiff.

The Clay Tobacco Pipe in Great Britain
The Essex Field Club announce the reprint of their book, together with 6 supplement from the Essex Naturalist. Price £1.20 plus postage, but they have made a special offer to GLIAS members of £1 post free, if ordered before Oct 31. Write to 73 Church Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10 1QP

On sale through GLIAS:

As a further venture in the society's book selling activities, we can now offer any title from the Moorland Publications catalogue enclosed with this newsletter; what's more we are offering them to members at a 10% discount from the usual publisher's price stated in the catalogue.

Moorland are an enterprising publisher, started by two frustrated industrial archaeologists who were trying to get a book of their own into print. To order books, please use the form below; also be warned that a 10% price increase is on its way, so order before Christmas.

Other publications from GLIAS:

Site Reports:

  • M Bolson & Co, Embossing Press Makers
    A short history of this Shoreditch firm's work and equipment by David Thomas and Robert Vickers, 35p plus postage.
  • Bennetts Lower Wharf
    Record of a typical, but rapidly disappearing type of Thameside warehouse; this particular example in Rotherhithe. By Robert Vickers, 25p plus postage.
  • Sixteen Remaining Beam Engines In London
    3 page handlist and drawing. 10p + P&P

    Canal Architecture in Britain
    Lavishly produced 40-page colour history of council buildings and structures. Well written with excellent photography, good value at £1.50 plus postage.

    Industrial Past
    The new autumn issue is just out, in a new improved glossy format. Articles include Industrial Archaeology in Bolton, Pinkworthy Pond plus varied regular features. 20p plus 6½p postage, payable to GLIAS or 35p with summer issue + 9p stamp from Adrian Tayler.

  • © GLIAS, 1976