East Midlands Industrial Archaeology Conference

EMIAC 93: Engineered in Northampton - 14th October 2017

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.


Apprentices working on a unit in the workshop

Apprentices working on a unit in the workshop.

National Training Academy for Rail, Northampton

National Training Academy for Rail, Northampton.


Images courtesy of the National Training Academy for Rail.

Conference Programme

The next Heritage Day is being organised by Northamptonshire Industrial Archaeology Group and will be held on Saturday 14th October 2017 in Northampton.

The conference programme is:

09:00 Registration and coffee

09:45 Welcome and introduction

10:00 Barwell - Early 19th century Iron Founder

10:50 Break

11:05 The Express Lift Company: Lift Manufacturers and Installers of Northampton

11:55 Mind the Gap: Responding to the Skills Shortages within the Rail Industry

12:45 EMIAC Business Meeting

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Site visits: NTAR and the Traincare facility.

16:00 Tea and depart.

16:30 Close of conference.

Cost of event: £23.00 (includes car parking).

Click here for the booking form.

The programme looks at three Northampton-based companies in the engineering sector from three different centuries. Nineteenth century iron founder EH Barwell’s products can still be found in southern England. In the twentieth century the Express Lift Company’s lifts were to be found across the world and their innovative testing tower is once again being used for development work. Alongside their train care facility, Siemens have recently opened a new training facility for the railway engineers of the 21st century.

This event will be based at the newly-built National Training Academy for Rail located in Northampton. Admission to the conference is by advance booking only. Maps and full directions will be provided for which an SAE is essential when booking. Also please advise if you have a mobility problem.