Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society (SIAS) Autumn Programme

Taunton Baptist Church , Silver Street, Taunton, TA1 3DH

14 Oct - 9 Dec 2019

Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society (SIAS) Autumn Programme


Monday 14th October 2019: Untold Riches: Oil, Fake News and Fraud in West Somerset, a talk by Stephen Miles.  
Only the retort survives at Kilve of a scam in 1924 which claimed that huge quantities of oil could be extracted from the local shale rocks.
Monday 28th October 2019: Bridgwater Workhouse; Richard Filler. 
Conditions for inmates in 19th century workhouses were deliberately harsh in spite of campaigns to improve standards. The last part of Bridgwater’s Northgate Workhouse was demolished in 2017.
Monday 11th November 2019: The West Country’s Last Line of Defence: Taunton Stop Line, Andrew Powell-Thomas.
Andrew is the author of a number of books including one on the stop line. It was built in 1940 to contain any German invasion of the South west. Canals, railways, rivers and 380 pillboxes formed a continuous obstacle from Burnham to Seaton.
Monday 25th November 2019: The Early Avon Copper and Brass Industry, 1690 – 1740, Tony Coverdale.
Tony is Chair of the Saltford Brass Mill Project. The early 18th century saw the growth of a major copper, zinc and brass industry in the Avon Valley. Products were sold throughout Britain, and were exported to Africa and North America.
Monday 9th December 2019: An informal evening of short presentations by SIAS members. Slides, talks, demonstrations, artefacts, photographs, anecdotes, etc. All welcome.  

If you have any queries on the programme, please contact the Field Officer, Peter Daniel, by e-mail to or, if urgent, by mobile 07736 374003

Opening Hours

14th October, 28th October, 11th November, 25th November, 9th December 2019




Non-members welcome (visitor fee £3.00)


Somerset Industrial Archaeological Society (SIAS) Autumn Programme
Taunton Baptist Church
Silver Street
United Kingdom

T: 07736 374003


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