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 ex-Twitter 𝕩 @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

The Crown Nail Company, Wolverhampton.The Crown Nail Company (C.56)The last UK tack manufacturer and one of the last cut nail makers in Europe The Crown Nail Company closed in December 2004. We were lucky to be given the opportunity to record the works, the nail and tack machines operating (many built in-house), the tack bluing process and interview the Works Manager and Deputy Manager.

Most of the footage from our visit has been compiled along with selections from the interviews to give a brief history and glimpse of this lost trade.

Latest Production

Rix Merlin, bunkering bargeRix Merlin - a day onboard J.R.Rix tanker barge Rix Merlin bunkering ships at Alexandra Dock, Kingston upon Hull and Grimsby Royal Dock. While travelling along the Humber the sunny August day allowed us some excellent views of the impressive industrial landscape either side of the estuary.

A rare chance to see views around the docks and estuary.

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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