Welcome to England‘s Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society (MRIAS)

The Society aims to advance education of the public in the subject of industrial archaeology.

We are interested in:
› Developing a greater understanding of the industrial history and archaeology of the Manchester region.
› Recording, interpreting and where possible preserving the physical remains of industrial artefacts and sites in their social, cultural and historical contexts.
› Promotion and research into the industrial history & archaeology of the Manchester region of England.

Our passions are the history of industry, technology and transport. ***** 2019 programme posted 13th January 2019. Click on View All Events - lower left.

2019 Committee: Richard Pink, Neil Davies, Gordon Browne, Tony Wright, Steve Rhodes, Walter Payne and David George. Details of posts are shown in each Newsletter.
Chairman; Mr Davies.

*****AGM 2018 Minutes*****

The Society’s 2018 AGM was held on Thursday 6th December 2018 at 6.00 p.m. in Room 301 of the Business School Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH.

1. Chairman's welcome
The Chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting and thanked them for their attendance
2. Apologies for absence
Apologies were received from Albert Rooms and Stuart Cairns.
3. Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting and matters arising
The minutes of the last AGM, held on Thursday 7th December 2017, were discussed. Members were advised that David George had relinquished the chair in the summer and that Neil Davies had taken on the chairmanship for the remainder of the year. David George had reverted to the post of Hon. Archivist.
The minutes were accepted and signed.
4. Treasurer’s report
Copies of the audited Statement of Income and Expenditure for the year ended 31st August 2018 were circulated and Tony Wright took members through the figures.
A Gift Aid submission was to be submitted early in 2019.
Income from membership fees had reduced, as had door income, but sales of books had increased.
Insurance costs had increased due to including additional equipment.
Room charges had increased due to us holding more lectures and to having part paid in advance of a slight increase in the nightly charge.
The Post and Publications figure had decreased due to the trial use of generic printer inks.
The Treasurer was thanked and his report accepted.

5. Membership Secretary's report
Walter Payne reported that we had started the year with 83 members and that we currently had 75. The reduction in membership was due to 4 members having passed away and a number had resigned, whilst 2 had rejoined.
6. Nominations for committee and officers
The Chairman asked if there were any nominations for the Officers or Committee. None were forthcoming.
7. Election of committee and officers
The current committee members had agreed to serve for a further year and this course of action was proposed by Neil Davies and seconded by David Higginson.
The committee would therefore be as follows.
Neil Davies Chairman
Gordon Browne Vice-Chairman
Tony Wright Treasurer
Walter Payne Membership Secretary
Richard Pink Projects and Publicity
Steve Rhodes Minutes Secretary
David George Hon. Archivist.
8. Any other business
The Chairman thanked Tony Wright and David George for manning our stall at the Greater Manchester Archaeology Day, which had raised almost £100.
David George provided members with a list of books and archived reports available at Chetham’s and listed on our website.
He also advised members of some 30 monographs which were available to download from the Manchester University website.
David Higginson reminded the meeting that Richard Hill’s excellent new book was available on Amazon.
Members were advised that due to concerns over falling numbers, a poll of members’ preferences re the time of day and days of the week of meetings and visits may be introduced in the new year.
9. Date of the next Annual General Meeting
Thursday 5th December 2019.

In closing the meeting the Chairman wished everyone season’s greetings. The meeting was followed by fascinating talks by three members.
Peter Mohr spoke on masons’ marks whilst Tony Wright’s subject was Bryant and May’s match-making. Richard Pink followed with a piece about WW2 air raids.

*******Recent publications; 'Starting the North Western Museum of Science and Industry' / 'The Mersey & Irwell Navigation' / 'Aspects of the Manchester & Salford Junction Canal'
'Thomas Hoyle & Sons Ltd' / 'Aspects of John Ashbury and the History and Industrial Archaeology of the Ashbury Railway Carriage and Iron Company,
Manchester, a Short Illustrated History' / 'A Short Fully Illustrated History of Mayfield Railway Station'/Part 1 of Re-capturing the Past of Manchester Docks & Salford Quays.
The Buildings of Manchester's Railway Termini/August 2016 Publication by Tony Wright ‘Cooperative Wholesale (CWS) Factories before the First World War’ 55pp £5. Black & White A4. Fully illustrated.

FOR SALE - Limited numbers. email info@mrias.co.uk if you are interested or ask a member of the Committee!
The History of the Original Bridge over the River Irwell linking Manchester and Salford. £4.30 including first class postage and packing. 20 pages. All illustrations in colour.
The Ford Madox Brown Murals in Manchester Town Hall. £5.30p including first class postage and packing. 23 pages. All illustrations in colour.
The Siege of Manchester During the English Civil Wars. £5.30 including first class postage and packing. 18 pages including A3 fold out map. All illustrations in colour.
The Bellhouse Legacy. A Walking Tour of Central Manchester. £4.30 including first class postage and packing. 20 pages. All illustrations in mainly colour.
Aspects of the History of Holmes Chapel Railway Station. £3.80. including first class postage and packing. 22 pages. All illustrations in black and white.
A Novelist’s View of the Cotton Industry. Disraeli in Manchester and Salford. £3.80. including first class postage and packing. 13 pages. Illustrations in black and white, apart from the cover.
The Development of Aerodromes Around Manchester (1910-60) £3 plus postage. Torr Mill, New Mills, Derbyshire £3 plus postage. All postal costs relate to the UK only.


Walks & Visits 2019 **********

(subject to change, advertised at www.mrias.co.uk, in the MRIAS Newsletter & on our Facebook page)
Sat 1st June Daniel Adamson Cruise. Anderton Boat Lift to Acton Bridge.
Thurs 27th June 11am Visit to Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester - Behind the Scenes.
Tues 9th July - Halifax Piece Hall & Calderdale Indust. Museum.
Thurs 12th September - Bellhouse Buildings Walk, Manchester. (July & Sept details to be announced)

****New from December 2016 MRIAS facebook page Manchester Region Industrial Archaeology Society@oldstuff.history ***