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Industrial Archaeology

Future Directions

  • Eleanor Conlin Casella
  • James Symonds

Part of the Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Re-Thinking Industrial Archaeology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Eleanor Conlin Casella
      Pages 3-31
    3. James Symonds
      Pages 33-57
    4. Marilyn Palmer
      Pages 59-75
    5. David Cranstone
      Pages 77-92
  3. The Conservation of Industrial Monuments and Landscapes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Kate Clark
      Pages 95-119
    3. David Worth
      Pages 135-154
    4. Malcolm A. Cooper
      Pages 155-173
  4. Archaeologies of the Factory and Mine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 175-175
    2. Michael Nevell
      Pages 177-204
    3. Randall H. McGuire, Paul Reckner
      Pages 217-241
    4. Stephen A. Mrozowski
      Pages 243-260
    5. Susan Lawrence
      Pages 279-298
  5. Commentary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 299-299
    2. Mary C. Beaudry
      Pages 301-314

About this book


The essays in this book are adapted from papers presented at the 24th Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, held at the University of Manchester, in December 2002. The conference session "An Industrial Revolution? Future Directions for Industrial Archaeology," was jointly devised by the editors, and sponsored by English Heritage, with the intention of gathering together leading industrial and historical archaeologists from around the world. However, just as Manchester is being transformed by regeneration, shaking off many of the negative connotations associated with factory-based industrial production, and remaking itself as a 21st century city, then so too, is the archaeological study of industrialisation being transformed.

Over the past decade, industrial archaeology has emerged as a theoretically driven subfield. Research has begun to meaningfully engage with such weighty issues as globalisation; post/modernity; power; innovation and invention; slavery and captivity; class, ethnic, and gender identities; social relations of technology and labour; and the spread and diversification of western capitalism.

With contributions from an international group of authors, this volume highlights the current thought in industrial archaeology, as well as explores future theoretical and methodological directions. Together, these chapters further the process of meaningful engagement with such weighty issues as globalization; post/modernity; power; production and consumption; innovation and invention; class, ethnic, and gender identities; social relations of technology and labour; and the spread and diversification of western capitalism.

Industrial Archaeology: Future Directions will be of interest to historical and urban archaeologists, architectural historians, preservation agencies, archaeological consulting organizations, cultural resource managers, and students of these disciplines.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Eleanor Conlin Casella
    • 1
  • James Symonds
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ManchesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Graduate School of ArchaeologyARCUSSheffieldUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Industrial Archaeology
  • Book Subtitle Future Directions
  • Editors Eleanor Casella
    James Symonds
  • Series Title Contributions to Global Historical Archaeology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2005
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-22608-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-387-22808-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-22831-0
  • Series ISSN 1574-0439
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIII, 321
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Archaeology
    Social Sciences, general
  • Buy this book on publisher's site


David Cranstone revists earlier debates in the field concerning whether industrial archaeology is best considered a thematic or period discipline and comes down firmly in support of the latter, arguing, in fact, that industrial archaeology should not exist at all. This provocative essay, a standout of the volume, situates industrial archaeology within a broad range of academic contexts, and throws some needed criticism on the tendency for archaeological jump to the broadest topics (capitalism, colonialism, etc) using highly selective case studies to make assertions that lack analytical rigor....Mary Beaudry's closing commentary, however, ends the volume on a clear note. Beaudry remains wary of calls to unify research into the past under one banner, nothing that the project at hand allows considerable room for different narratives pitched at different analytical scales. She argues further, in agreement with a contributor in this volume, that a key to sustaining the viability of archaeology lies in continuing advocacy not only for the preservation of monuments and landscapes but also of people's lifeways.

Paul White
IA: Journal of the Society for Industrial Archaeology
vol. 36, no.1