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The recording of industrial sites: a review. CBA Industrial Archaeology Research Committee

Keith Falconer and Geoffrey Hay (Editors)

CBA Occasional Papers No. 13 (1981)


Title page of report 13

The Working Party was convened in 1977 as a sub-committee of the Industrial Archaeology Research Committee. It was asked in its initial brief to consider recommending national standards in recording of industrial monuments as it was appreciated that drawings which already exist, or which will be completed during the next few years, form an increasingly important archive of primary source material for industrial archaeologists and historians, particularly as sites continue to be destroyed. The definition of minimum standards to which site recording should be done would aid those bodies which commission and fund recording.

Early on in its deliberations the Working Party realized that no single guide adequately covered the many diverse aspects of industrial recording or indicated the standards to which records should be produced. There was therefore a need for a manual to assist the staff of local authority planning departments and other institutions, groups and individuals involved in survey and recording of industrial sites and the Working Party would strongly recommend that the Council for British Archaeology itself consider publishing such a manual.

As part way towards the production of such a manual, the Working Party now offers this report which reviews the current developments at the three main levels of recording, comments on the techniques of recording which receive scant attention elsewhere, suggests a range of useful glossaries and general texts, and offers advice on the production and deposition of records.


  • Membership of the Working Party (p 2)
  • Acknowledgements (p 2)
  • List of illustrations (pp 3-4)
  • Chairman's Foreword by Neil Cossons (pp 5-10)
  • Introduction (p 11)
  • Levels of Recording
    • Location surveys (pp 12-13)
    • Survey sheets (pp 14-17)
    • Detail surveys (pp 17-18)
    • Examples (pp 18-55)
  • Appendices
    • A. Techniques of recording (pp 56-65)
    • B. Deposition of records (p 66)
    • C. Use of glossaries (pp 67-68)
    • D. Bibliography (pp 69-70)

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