Industrial Archaeology Recordings

Putting industry on video - an archive for the future

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Industrial Archaeology - the recording of old crafts and trades, and industrial activityI.A.Recordings is a small group of volunteers documenting past and present industrial activity using high definition video and photography.

If possible, we'll record people and processes while they're still working - moving pictures are vital for that, but they also add an extra dimension to industrial remains and the techniques used in old crafts and trades.

To find out more about I.A.Recordings, and our industrial history material visit the "About Us" page.

You can follow us on TwitterTweets @i_recordings@i_recordings

and on Vimeo where we showcase some of our Snippets.


Short video clips of curious things from our archive. Why not take a ride on top of the cage down No.3 shaft at Littleton Colliery, Staffs or watch the Barton Swing Aqueduct on the Manchester Ship Canal in operation? Just two of the Snippets  Available ONLINE - FREE to watch 

Recent Release

A Day at Crofton - NOW available.A Day at Crofton (C.55) In 2001, we spent the day at Crofton pumping station watching the volunteers raising steam and then operating the 1812 Boulton & Watt beam engine - the oldest in the world still doing its original work on its original site!

The 1846 Harvey of Hayle engine was also steamed and each engine was pumping a tonne of water per stroke into the canal feeder.

Recent Production

On Mighty Arms - NOW available.On Mighty Arms - explores a full-size working atmospheric beam engine - a faithful replica of the one built by Thomas Newcomen in 1712 at Coneygree near Dudley, which was the first practical steam engine in the world.

Recorded at the Black Country Living Museum, here is an opportunity to see how to raise steam and operate this important engine.

Things to look into

Things to Look intoThe Sales page gives details about all our currently available video material. All Sales go towards funding more recording work of old crafts and trades.

The Features pages provide details about some of the astonishing industrial sites and processes that we have recorded over the past 30 years.

The Search page should find anything on our website.

DVD and Blu-ray

DVD and Blu-ray discsSome of the best historical material from the I.A.Recordings archives is available on DVD and Blu-ray™.

An alphabetical listing of our Industrial Archaeology video archive contents is on the A to Z ArchiveA to Z Index.

Interested in seeing more?

Please visit our Video Archive or the Sales page and look at our Productions, Compilations, Co-productions and the Sight Seen Partnerships titles.

Independent Reviews of many of our Industrial Archaeology titles are available.

The First Industrial Archaeology web site (1995)     Awarded 3 shamrocks by Telecom Internet Doras. Doras 3 Shamrock Award

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