Book reviews — June 2012
‘Industrial Archaeology: A Handbook’, by Marilyn Palmer, Michael Nevell and Mark Sissons
344pp, 121 illus incl colour, ISBN 978-1902771922. Published May 2012 by the Council for British Archaeology. £20. Web: www.britarch.ac.uk/books/palmer2012
The Council for British Archaeology was the first organisation to use the term ‘Industrial Archaeology’, over 50 years ago. This new book, the latest in the CBA’s Practical Handbook series, celebrates their commitment to Industrial Archaeology.
Edited by Professor Marilyn Palmer, the UK’s first professor of Industrial Archaeology, with contributions from some of the country’s leading specialists in industrial archaeology, this Handbook provides an informative and accessible guide to the industrial remains of the UK.
This book will be essential reading for professionals, academics, students and anyone with an interest in our industrial heritage, giving concise summaries of the history of different industries, together with descriptions of the structures and below-ground remains likely to be encountered.
From dovecots to tin mines, land drainage to gunpowder production, taking in distilleries and lace industries along the way, the handbook considers all aspects of our industrial heritage. It explores the challenge of industrial archaeology being both an archaeological study of the ways people used to live and work through surviving physical remains and a conservation movement which must protect and interpret those remains.
Extensive suggestions for further reading are included, as well as an explanation of the current legislative situation for industrial remains and the history of protection for these important monuments.
Last year, English Heritage undertook a special study to ascertain how much of the nation’s industrial heritage is at risk. The results of this study, plus information and advice relevant to all involved in trying to preserve England’s great industrial heritage legacy for future generations to enjoy, are available at: www.english-heritage.org.uk/caring/heritage-at-risk/industrial-heritage-at-risk
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