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The Essex Industrial Archaeology Group

There has long been an assumption that Essex had little to offer the industrial archaeologist, and hence, unlike most other Counties, Essex has never had a society focused primarily on industrial archaelogy. However, the County had a wealth of traditional industry

- milling, malting, brewing, agricultural engineering, brick making, etc - as well as more modern industries - silk textiles, electrical engineering, radio communications, metal window manufacturing and shoe making - and the transport infrastructure to support these industries.

The County Council has done much to further the study of the County's industrial past through the 1971 Industrial Survey by John Booker, based at the Essex Record Office, and since 1996, the Comparative Surveys of Modern/Industrial Sites and Monuments established by Shane Gould in the Historic Environment Branch of the County Council. The County Council was also a founding partner of the industrial heritage tourism organisation, the European Route of Industrial Heritage.

A number of individuals involved in these projects have been working with the Essex Society for Archaeology and History (ESAH) to form an Essex Industrial Archaeology Group (EIAG). This was formally established as a sub-group of ESAH at a launch performed on 6th July 2013 by Lord Petre, the Society's patron. Existing ESAH members can join the sub-group at no extra cost, while new members will be able to enjoy full or associate membership.

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