East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference

EMIAC 97: Melting & Smelting - 5th October 2019

What is EMIAC?

EMIAC, East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference, comprises societies from across the East Midlands region. In addition to NIAG, the other members are (see the Links page for contact details):

  • Derbyshire Archaeology Society
  • Leicestershire Industrial History Society
  • North-East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society
  • Railway & Canal Historical Society - East Midlands Group
  • Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology

Each of the societies takes it in turn to organise a Heritage Day in their locality.

Heritage Days are held twice a year and are open to anyone with an interest in IA or related historical subjects. The first meeting was held in 1970 with the idea of enabling industrial archaeologists in the East Midlands to get together in different locations to consider topics of mutual interest. No formal organisation exists; the secretaries from each of the organisations meet on a regular basis.


Notes of recent events can be found on the EMIACs Past page.


Scunthorpe Steel Works

Scunthorpe Steel Works.


Image courtesy of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.

Conference Programme

The next Heritage Day is being organised by the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology and will be held on Saturday, 5th October 2019 in the British Steel Conference Centre, Brigg Road, Scunthorpe, DN15 0BA.

The conference programme is:

09:00 Registration and coffee

09:30 Welcome

10:00 The Changes the Iron and Steel Industry has made

10:45 Coffee Break

11:15 The Lincolnshire Ironmasters Association and Railway

11:45 Changes in Steel-making Furnaces over the 20th century

12:30 EMIAC Business Meeting

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Site visit to Scunthorpe Steel Works.
A 15 mile rail tour arranged by the Appleby Frodingham Preservation Society with expert leadership, will give a comprehensive view of today's steelmaking site. The tour will last around two and a half hours and include a tea and coffee break.

16:30 Close of conference.

Cost of event: £25.00.

Click here for the booking form.

Local iron ore was first smelted in Scunthorpe in the 1860s. The industry grew rapidly and by the 1920s three major companies, on sites to the east of the town, produced more than 10% of the steel made in Britain. In later years, now under single ownership, steel was produced in ever larger and more sophisticated furnaces and mills. Rail links to and within the site have been crucial to the development of the industry, especially since it has become wholly reliant on imported ore.

Scunthorpe owes its existence to the iron and steel industry. What was once a sparsely populated rural area has been transformed into a large town housing hundreds of workers and providing a wide range of supporting trades and services.

Key aspects of the industry and the development of the town are highlighted in the morning’s presentations. A guided tour by train in the afternoon gives a unique view of Scunthorpe’s huge iron and steelmaking site.

This relatively small area thus has a rich industrial and historic past.