I.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.
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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.
NEW for 2020: Snippets! - short 2 minute video clips of curious things from our archive. The final stage of the Centenary Sentinel steam wagon run in 2005 and the working heavy oil engines at Tydd Gote pumping station just before electrification are just two of the Snippets Available ONLINE - FREE to watch
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.
The 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.
Some 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 Index.