Industrial Archaeology Field School at Ironbridge
Project Introduction & Call for Applications
Next field season: Wednesday 16th July 2003 to Tuesday 29th July 2003
The Department of Archaeology, University of Bristol, in conjunction with the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, delighted to announce the inaugural season of an exciting new field school in the principles and practice of historical archaeology and industrial archaeology. The project is based in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and forms part of Ironbridge Archaeology's ongoing Coalbrookdale Historical Archaeology Research and Training programme (CHART). The field school will explore key sites in Coalbrookdale associated with early industrialisation, specifically exploring evidence of ironworking in the 17th century - the period before the developments associated with Abraham Darby.
Applications to participate in the field school are invited from students and members of the public. To see details of fees and academic credit, click here.
The CHART programme - previous research and future aims The field school is an accredited course
offered by University of Bristol, and offers twenty
points upon completion of
the two-week programme. These are usually treated as
equivalent to one undergraduate
credit by North American universities, but
students should confirm their acceptibility with their
own school. Apply
for this field school
The field school is an accredited course offered by University of Bristol, and offers twenty points upon completion of the two-week programme. These are usually treated as equivalent to one undergraduate credit by North American universities, but students should confirm their acceptibility with their own school. Apply for this field school
and Historical Background
The Upper Forge at Coalbrookdale was probably established in the sixteenth century, and was certainly in operation by the mid-seventeenth century. It formed an important part of the ironworking complex at Coalbrookdale which included the famous Old Furnace, later used by Abraham Darby to develop coke smelting of iron. The Upper Forge has long been suggested as the possible location of an early steel furnace but its location has not yet been revealed. The furnace was in operation between c.1620 and c.1680, and was one of the first of its type in England. The aims of the 2003 season will be to try and understand the operation of this site in the seventeenth century. This will involve
The CHART programme is under the overall direction of Paul Belford (Senior Archaeologist, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust). The 2003 field school will be directed by Paul Belford, Dan Hicks and Mark Horton.
Introductory Reading List
Alfrey, J. and C. Clark 1993, The Landscape of Industry : Patterns of Change in the Ironbridge Gorge, London : Routledge
Belford, P., 2003, Advanced Art, Imperfect Science : the archaeology of cementation and crucible steelmaking, Ironbridge Archaeology Monograph No.1, Oxford : BAR Archaeopress
Palmer, M. and P. Neaverson, 1998. Industrial Archaeology: Principles and Practice. London: Routledge
Trinder, B., 1981, The Industrial Revolution in Shropshire, Chichester : Phillimore
Raistrick, A., 1953, Dynasty of Ironfounders, 1989 reprint by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust and the Sessions Book Trust
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Historical archaeology MA at Bristol
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For further details, email Julie.Shackleford@bristol.ac.uk.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Paul Belford (Ironbridge Archaeology) - tel:01952 432237, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Archaeology, University of Bristol, UK