[http://www.iarecordings.org/ I.A.Recordings] was founded in
1982by a small group of volunteers, to record past and present industrieson film and video,
as a resource for
When possible, they capture the processes and activities of an industry while it is still working;
but moving pictures also add an extra dimension to the recording of industrial remains.
All the footage they shoot is kept in a storage archive for posterity.
From time to time, they produce edited programmes from some of the material, to make it available to the public on
Their first project in 1982 was to work with the historian W.K.V.Gale to record the famous John Bradley Rolling Mill in the
English Midlands, as it was due to close within a week and was the last of its kind in the area.
Since then they have recorded many industries, several of which have since closed. They have also produced several documentary history programmes, particularly about inland waterways (
canals) and mining.
I.A.Recordings started in Britain but have since recorded sites in
Ireland, Belgium, France, Germany, Poland, Spainand the USA.
They have developed their own specialist
videotechnology such as helmet-mounted cameras for use underground and a remote-controlled camera for mine shaft exploration.
broadcastequipment and techniques and since 2005, High Definition Video.
2008they had over 38,000 minutes of original footage in the archive, but as they are voluntary they have only had time to edit a relatively small amount for release on DVD.
Subjects already available for public viewing include a
brickworksemploying hand-moulders, making brass hames for horse harnesses, many locksmithworkshops in Willenhallrecorded for the Lock Museum, making files by hand, a history of the Shropshire Union Canalmade for the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, a history of the Birmingham Canal Navigations, building new canal tunnels in 1984& 1989, the last run of ' Tom Pudding' compartment boats, a history of the Manchester Ship Canal, an underground tour of the ancient Clive Copper Mine, a history of SnailbeachLead Mine, many mines in Ireland including Glengowla, Avoca, Glendalough, Glendasan, Glenmalur, Tara, Silvermines, Shalee, Allihies; Bunmahon& Tankardstown on the Copper Coast; and Ballycorus; Drakelow Tunnelsunderground factory, Carrs and other lead & zinc mines in the Nentheadarea, working and disused Cornish mines including South Crofty, Geevor, Cligga Head, Rosevale, Taylor's & Michell's shafts near Redruth, Tolgus Tin Company, Wheal Janeand Kennall Vale Gunpowder Works; Mines around Llangollen, PontneddfechanGunpowder Works, carrying pottery on the Caldon Canal, DonisthorpeColliery, Alan Paine Knitwear, BagworthColliery, Helsington SnuffMill, a steam-powered dredger, dry barrel coopering, Morse's Level Coal Mine, Charlecotewater-powered flour mill, stone quarryingand cutting in the Forest of Dean, carrying newsprint and sewage effluent by canal, rescuing an ancient Severn Trowsailing barge and then sailing it after restoration, the abandoned Wren's Nestlimestone mines, a tanker carrying diesel on the River Humberand Aire and Calder navigation, compartment boats taking coal to Ferrybridge power station, an oak bark tanningworks, large draglineexcavators mining open pitcoal, Annesley-Bentinck colliery, mines around Linares, Spainand ancient mines in the Harzmountains of Germany.
I.A.Recordings also maintain a widely-used [http://www.industrial-archaeology.org.uk/alink.htm Association for Industrial Archaeology] [http://www.britarch.ac.uk/neiap/websites.htm Council for British Archaeology] collection of over 600 links [http://www.iarecordings.org/otheria.html] to other Industrial Archaeology-related websites
and host the Industrial Archaeology and History Web Ring [http://www.iarecordings.org/ring.html] .
References and notes
* [http://www.iarecordings.org/index.html I.A.Recordings] website
*Ballantyne, James (ed.): "Researchers Guide to British film & television collections", page 142. British Universities Film & Video Council 1993. ISBN 0-901299-64-2
* [http://www.bbc.co.uk/shropshire/features/2002/09/iarecordings.shtml BBC Shropshire] has a web page describing I.A.Recordings activities
Association for Industrial Archaeology
National Association of Mining History Organisations
Council for British Archaeology
British Film Institute
* [http://www.industrial-archaeology.org.uk/alink.htm Association for Industrial Archaeology]
* [http://www.namho.org/members.htm National Association of Mining History Organisations]
* [http://www.britarch.ac.uk/neiap/websites.htm Council for British Archaeology]
* [http://www.channel4.com/history/microsites/T/timeteam/arch_web_ind.html Channel 4 Archaeology]
* [http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/organisation/172212 British Film Institute]
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