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Industrial Archaeology

In recent years, the pace of redevelopment of urban industrial sites has vastly increased. These areas are known as 'brownfield' areas and are often the locations of historical industry. There is now a much greater awareness of the importance of Britain's Industrial Heritage and ARS Ltd is a company which researches, records and helps present the variety of this country's industrial past.

ARS Ltd have the experience and capacity to take on all types of industrial archaeology whether it be small industrial areas or large scale excavations of factories, mills and workers’ housing. Our company has worked on a wide variety of sites including, amongst others:

  • 18th century cutlery works at Richardson's Cutlery Site, Sheffield
  • 19th century cutlery and steel works at Furnival Square and Sidney Street, Sheffield
  • 18th-19th century cotton mill at Torrs Mill, New Mills and in Ancoats, Manchester
  • 18th-19th century bleach and dye works at Forge Works, Chinley and Adelphi Street, Salford
  • 19th century glass, pottery and tile works in Castleford, Newcastle and Stoke-on-Trent
  • 19th-20th century workers’ housing in East Manchester, Salford and Sheffield
  • 19th century brickworks at Coxhoe, Durham
  • 19th century engine house for a swing bridge at Clippers Quay in Salford, Manchester
  • 19th century engine house, cotton mill and associated workers' housing at the Middlewood Locks development in Salford, Manchester
  • 19th century glass works at the Destination St Helens site
  • 17th-19th century alum works on the North Yorkshire coast

For more information on industrial archaeology excavations please contact one of our senior archaeologists using this link.