The South Yorkshire Industrial History Society

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The South Yorkshire Industrial History Society, formerly the Sheffield Trades Historical Society, was formed in 1933 by people from local industries and the University of Sheffield who saw that much of the area’s industrial heritage was disappearing.Co-ordinating and supporting work preserving and recording South Yorkshire’s industrial history. The Society’s Field Recording Group carries out research and provides an informal forum where researchers can meet and discuss findings.


The society has published a guide to the Industrial Archaeology of South Yorkshire and records historic industrial buildings, sites and machinery. They also comment on planning applications, and for many years have maintained a register of sites and are represented on the Sheffield City Conservation Advisory Group.The society hold regular meetings at Kelham Island Museum and in Barnsley.