About us

The Industrial History Section (IHS) promotes and encourages the study and appreciation of Yorkshire’s hugely varied industrial archaeology and the history of industrial activity, from pre-historic to current times. Our scope covers all types of industries, industrial processes, machinery and products; and the infrastructure that supports industry – production of raw materials, transport, communications. industrial buildings and their design and construction methods, workers and workers housing, shops and market halls.

Our annual programme includes seven lectures, a members’ meeting, site visits and guided walks to industrial sites past and present.

Meetings are held at the Swarthmore Education Centre, 2 – 7 Woodhouse Square, LS3 1AD, in the centre of Leeds. Our current programme can be found here.

Members receive email news updates about industrial history in Yorkshire and beyond and three Newsletters a year. Back issues of the Newsletter can be read here.

Members also have access to the YAHS and other collections at the Brotherton Library, University of Leeds.

Yorkshire Industrial Heritage Online

In collaboration with other societies we have created a database that is an archive of members’ research, images and other media and which provides web access to information about Yorkshire’s vast range of industrial sites, pre-Roman to 21st century – use the Quick Link opposite.

Membership

There are two categories of membership:

  1. Member of our parent body, the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society, who can join the Section at a special rate
  2. Member of the Industrial History Section only

Subscriptions are due on the 1st January each year.

As a registered charity, the Yorkshire Archaeological & Historical Society is eligible for the Gift Aid scheme. If you are a UK taxpayer you can at no extra cost to yourself make every pound you subscribe worth an extra 25 pence!

Details of subscription rates and Gift Aid can be found on the Membership page.

Contact us

The Section's officers are as follows.  To send an email, click on the name:

Chair & Membership Secretary (vacant)

Vice Chair & Newsletter Editor

Margaret Tylee

Treasurer Nick Nelson
Lecture Secretary Jane Ellis